A teenage girl has tragically died after a school minibus was involved in a major crash with a lorry.
According to paramedics who attended the scene, ‘nothing could be done to save [the 14-year-old girl]’ who suffered serious injuries in the harrowing incident.
Paramedics and ambulance workers treated around 26 people in total after the crash occured on the A38 Kingsbury Road in Birmingham.
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A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:
Crews arrived on scene to discover a collision between a minibus and a lorry.
There were 25 patients from the minibus. One of whom, a teenage girl, had suffered serious injuries in the collision and unfortunately it immediately became apparent that nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.
A second teenage girl received treatment at the scene for minor injuries and was transported to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment. A further 19 children were discharged at the scene together with four adults, which included the minibus driver.
The lorry driver, a man, was also assessed and discharged at the scene with having avoided injury.
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The school, John Taylor High School in Barton-under-Needwood, Staffs, later confirmed that year nine and year 12 pupils were on their way to an art trip when the bus crashed.
Superintendent Dean Hatton, head of the Central Motorway Police Group, said:
This is a tragic incident which has resulted in the death of a pupil from the John Taylor High School in Barton-under-Needwood.
The family of the teenage girl has been informed and they are being supported by officers from our family liaison unit.
We are also in contact with the school and our colleagues at Staffordshire Police, who are understandably devastated as this occurred while their students were on a school trip.
Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the young girl who passed away as well as all of those injured in today’s horrific incident.
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.