Bus crash shock for Suffolk children

SCHOOL children fled in terror today a bus knocked down the shelter where they were waiting.The First Group bus hit the metal bus shelter in Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, shattering the glass panes and bending the metal with a loud crunch.

SCHOOL children fled in terror today a bus knocked down the shelter where they were waiting.

The First Group bus hit the metal bus shelter in Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, shattering the glass panes and bending the metal with a loud crunch.

No one was hurt in the accident – but children waiting at the stop were left shaken.

Lucy Williams and Edward Dobinson, pupils at St Albans School, Ipswich, were standing under the shelter when the accident happened.

Lucy said: "I was standing underneath the thing and there was a really loud crash and I just ran."

Thirteen-year-old Jon Harvey, also a pupil at St Albans School, was on the top floor of the bus when it crashed.

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"I'm a bit shaken up, no one was hurt, so it's all right.

"It wasn't going too fast. It just parked and crashed and the bus rumbled a little bit. The driver got off and we got off and saw what had happened and it was all just on the floor," he said of the debris.

At 8am today the number 75 bus was heading for Ipswich as it drew into the bus stop in Felixstowe's main shopping street.

The impact jogged its indicator board so it ended up showing its destination as Hunstanton in Norfolk,

Instead of pulling up beside the shelter to pick up schoolchildren, the side of the bus hit the shelter.

The service is used by children from Felixstowe and Trimley heading to St Albans school in Ipswich.

It was later driven away, with schoolchildren on board, and the only damage on the bus appeared to be a slight gash on the front where it hit the shelter.

A spokesman for the First Group, formerly known as Eastern Counties, said: "A traffic superintendent is currently at the scene and we are waiting for his initial report.

"Safety is our number one priority but at present we don't know if there are any casualties.

"We have no further details of the incident at this time but obviously we are taking this very seriously and will carry out a thorough investigation."

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