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Crash victims praised for being calm

PUBLISHED: 12:34 24 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:34 03 March 2010

A PARTY of schoolchildren involved in a four-vehicle road crash on the A12 have been praised for their cool-headedness.

The group of 20 youngsters, aged nine to 13, from Halesworth Middle School were returning from an outing to Wimbledon with three accompanying adults and a driver when the accident happened on the A12, near Wickham Market.

A PARTY of schoolchildren involved in a four-vehicle road crash on the A12 have been praised for their cool-headedness.

The group of 20 youngsters, aged nine to 13, from Halesworth Middle School were returning from an outing to Wimbledon with three accompanying adults and a driver when the accident happened on the A12, near Wickham Market.

It was the second crash in less than a week involving schoolchildren after a coach carrying 52 teenagers and four staff from St Alban's High School in Ipswich collided with a roundabout on the A140 last Monday.

The youngsters from Halesworth had arrived at the scene of a collision involving a motorcyclist and a car in their minibus when a second crash occurred on Friday at about 8.40pm.

Three of the children were taken to Ipswich Hospital as a precautionary measure after suffering minor injuries but were discharged shortly afterwards.

A motorcyclist and a driver were also taken to the hospital, following the accidents which involved the minibus, a motorcycle, a Peugeot 306, and a Volvo car, but were later released.

Firefighters from Woodbridge and Framlingham helped ambulance paramedics with the casualties.

Traffic was diverted off the A12 to allow police traffic officers to deal with the scene and the road was reopened later.

The rest of the school group waited at a shelter with police while their parents drove out to fetch them. They had been waiting at the school to pick up the youngsters when news reached them of the accident and they were asked to come and collect their children.

Deputy head Ian Wickson, whose own son was on the trip, went to the hospital to help look after the children until their parents arrived.

"The teacher who was in charge, Laura Gourley, dealt with it superbly. Obviously it was very stressful," he said.

"The children were remarkable. They were incredibly supportive of each other and the parents themselves were remarkably calm. They waited for the information that was fed through from the accident site."

He added that the emergency services had been "incredibly supportive".

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