‘Vital Need For Answers’ After More Than 20 Injured In Hereford Bus Crash

Specialist Lawyers Call For Lessons To Be Learned

13.11.2014

Serious injury lawyers representing the families of school pupils injured in a bus crash in County Durham in June have called for the police to work quickly to provide answers regarding the cause of a school bus crash in Hereford which led more than 20 children to be hospitalised.

West Mercia Police has confirmed that 21 children and the bus driver were taken to Hereford County Hospital after the incident on the B4399 on Monday (November 10th), which occurred as the vehicle operated by PW Jones Coaches was carrying 53 children to both Bishop of Hereford’s Bluecoat School and St Mary’s Roman Catholic School.
 
Officers added that while the investigation into the crash continued, a motorist had been arrested by police and bailed until January pending further enquiries.
 
Serious injury lawyers at Irwin Mitchell, who have represented hundreds of people seriously injured and the families of those killed in bus and coach crashes, have described the findings of the investigation as crucial to efforts to determine what can be done to prevent the same problems being seen in the future.
 
The legal experts notably act for the families of 15 children injured when a Stanley Travel coach was involved in a head-on collision in County Durham in June.

Expert Opinion
It is very worrying to see reports of this incident emerge, particularly as it is the latest in what has been a spate of serious bus crashes across the UK in recent months and weeks.

"In addition to the Stanley Travel incident, there were also crashes involving a Go North East bus in Gateshead and another related to a bus taking students to Darlington College in September alone.

"Each of these incidents has raised very serious concerns and it is clear that efforts need to be made to ensure as much information as possible can be gathered regarding each collision.

"While the ultimate priority at present has to be the welfare and the recovery of all of those affected by these incidents, attention will then need to turn to what led to the crashes and, if possible, whether any lessons can be learned.

"All of those affected by this Hereford incident and those which went before will be desperate for answers as to what happened and how such issues will be avoided in the future."
Stephen Nye, Partner

If you or a loved one has suffered a physical or psychological injury due a road traffic accident involving a bus or coach, you may be able to claim compensation. Find out more information on our Bus & Coach Accident Compensation page.