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School bus involved in Holsworthy collision

10:28 26 March 2014

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Around 15 children escaped with ‘very minor’ injuries but van driver was airlifted to Derriford Hospital with serious injuries.

A 47-year-old woman was airlifted to hospital with serious injuries after the van she was driving was in collision with a school minibus yesterday (Tues).

Around 15 children were on the 29-seater Mercedes coach, which became embedded in the side of a property at Holsworthy Beacon, causing extensive structural damage.

The collision occurred at around 3.45pm while the coach was on the school run.

The 67-year-old coach driver from Bideford sustained facial injuries and a number of the children had very minor injuries. Most were unharmed.

The van driver from Exeter was said to have ‘serious but not life threatening’ injuries and was taken to Derriford Hospital.

Police said the two vehicles collided at the crossroads, before leaving the road and coming to rest in an adjacent property.

The road was closed for five hours and officers from the serious collisions investigations unit are continuing to make enquiries.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call police on 101, quoting log 436 of 25 March.

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