Sep 23 2013
A bus driver has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving after a crash injured around 20 people, including schoolchildren.
Emergency services are dealing with the collision, which happened just before 8.30am in Lowgill, Kendal, Cumbria, when a bus and a heavy goods vehicle collided.
The bus was carrying passengers, including schoolchildren aged between 13 and 16. No child has been seriously injured.
A Cumbria Police spokesman said: "The driver of the bus, a man aged 47 from Kendal, has been arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving. He is currently helping police with their inquiries."
Three adult passengers were taken to Lancaster Hospital for treatment for non-life-threatening injuries.
The 44-year-old driver of the HGV was removed from the cabin by emergency services and taken to Preston Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries.
Police said all injured people have left the scene and the road will remain closed for the foreseeable future while collision investigation officers carry out their work. Diversions are in place and motorists are asked to avoid the area.
Local schools have been informed and parents are advised to contact their schools if they have any concerns.
A spokesman for the North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust said: "At this stage, it is too early for us to confirm the number of casualties, but we believe this to be in the region of 20 people."
The trust sent five ambulances and a response team to the scene, with the first crews arriving at 8.41am.