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Police investigating this morning’s collision involving two buses in the Stanley area appealing for the driver of a small, dark-red hatchback car to get in touch with them.
It is believed the vehicle stopped at the scene of the collision which occurred at about 8.20 this morning but then drove on.
There is no suggestion that this vehicle was in anyway involved in the collision on the A693 road but it is believed the person or people travelling in it may have seen something that could help with our enquiries.
They should contact Durham Constabulary via the non-emergency number 101 and ask to speak to the collision investigators.
BIG appreciation to @NEAmbulance @GNairambulance @NPAS_Newcastle @CDDFRS @DurhamRPU for the great teamwork shown today with Stanley bus RTC— @DsidePolice 03 June 2014
Headteachers from the schools affected issued the following statement:
“Understandably our school communities are shocked by what has taken place and we are supporting each other, our pupils, staff and parents and keeping them fully informed.
“Headteachers from both schools attended the scene this morning and comforted the young people involved, coordinating information to their families during what was clearly an anxious time.
“We are very mindful of the injuries suffered by some of those involved and we will continue to offer pupils our help and support.
“This will include working with the local authority to ensure specialist counselling is available to anyone who would like it.
“We would like to thank the emergency services for their professionalism and rapid response and to send our thoughts and best wishes to all those now recovering from their injuries.”
Chris Gray, County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust medical director, said: “Nineteen people have attended A&E at University Hospital of North Durham (Durham City) following the bus crash in Stanley - 18 children and one adult.
"Fourteen of these have been walking wounded and five have been brought in by ambulance.
"Ten patients are still in hospital, and others have been discharged.
"A&E staff responded swiftly and the hospital declared a major incident.
"I’d like to pay tribute to staff for their swift and professional response."
"Life threatening emergencies are still being received at UHND, other less serious cases are being diverted to other hospitals.
"In a real emergency, people should still call 999 and the A&E department will provide appropriate care, but we would ask that people thinking of coming to A&E in Durham today to seek alternatives."
Pictures from reporter Gavin Engelbrecht:
The latest update from Durham Police:
The roads surrounding Ely Terrace in Stanley remain closed following the collision involving two school buses this morning.
This is to allow for the recovery of the two buses and for collision investigation experts to complete their investigations.
The latest update in relation to casualties is:
• A 12 year old boy from Tanfield Comprehensive School was airlifted to the RVI in Newcastle where he remains with serious injuries.
• The 54-year-old bus driver from Stanley was airlifted to the RVI where he remains with serious injuries.
• The 27-year-old second bus driver from Newton Aycliffe was taken to UHND with minor injuries.
• 16 children have been taken to UHND with minor injuries.
• 11 children have been taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Gateshead with minor injuries.
Anyone with information or concerns can contact 0800 096 1233 from a landline or 0207 158 0197 from mobiles.
More pictures from the scene:
Damage Pic showing fronts of Double Bus Crash Stanley by @northnews photographer @CraigConnorNNP http://t.co/lImAiqHCJS— @RaoulDixonNNP 03 June 2014
Caroline O’Neill – head of education at Durham County Council, said: “The wellbeing of pupils is our priority and we are working very closely with both school communities to ensure all support needed is offered to the young people involved and to their families.
“We are also liaising with our partners in the police and will assist in their investigation in any way we can.
“Anyone who has any information or concerns can call 0800 096 1233 from a landline or 0207 158 0197 from mobiles.”
11:45am Tue 3 Jun 14
How on earth have these buses ended up head on??
Hope all children and drivers are ok, thoughts to them and the no doubt terrified parents.
One of the injured is taken from the scene by emergency services
Awful bus crash in stanley, hope all the bairns are alright— @WhyAlwaysJordan 03 June 2014
28 patients in all taken to hospital following Stanley bus crash. One child serious head injuries. Bus driver taken by helicopter #A693— @NEAmbulance 03 June 2014
Police and fire crews remain on the scene of a serious crash involving a school bus in Stanley, Durham, this morning. http://t.co/7GCFR7jDEv— @CeriOakes 03 June 2014
"Stanley school bus crash 'many' pupils injured" : http://t.co/Z2E4YPDrCD via @YouTube— @danielrev2 03 June 2014
A 12-year-old boy from Tanfield Comprehensive School and the driver of one of the buses, a 54-year-old man from Stanley have been airlifted to the RVI with serious injuries.
The driver of the other bus, a 27-year-old man from Newton Aycliffe, has been taken to hospital with minor injuries, seven children have been taken to hospital by ambulance with minor injuries and another 12 children have been taken to hospital also with minor injuries.
The injured have been taken to the RVI in Newcastle, the QE in Gateshead and UHND in Durham City.
Supt Colin Williamson said “We can now confirm that all drivers and passengers of both buses have been safely removed from the vehicles and taken to hospital if necessary. Those not requiring medical treatment are now with family members. As the investigation into this collision continues the roads in the area remain closed and we would like to thank everyone for their patience.”
Anyone who has any information or concerns can call 0800 096 1233 from a landline or 0207 158 0197 from mobiles.
Further information will follow.
Thoughts with those injured in the #stanleybuscrash this morning. @DurhamPolice @CDDFRS @NEAmbulance are dealing. Please avoid the area #999— @DurhamPCC 03 June 2014
Shocking news of bus crash in Stanley. Thoughts with parents children and those injured.— @KevanJonesMP 03 June 2014
Be a real help today if drivers could avoid A693 around Stanley while emergency services deal with bus crash. Approx 20 injured #A693— @NEAmbulance 03 June 2014
The police helicopters just left Oxhill https://t.co/dulnPIar8v— @mjeffbrown 03 June 2014
Driver of double-decker bus airlifted to hospital.
Another casualty. http://t.co/NO9JWGzxcG— @chrisstewartbbc 03 June 2014
Casualty awaiting ambulance. http://t.co/7nATmH9Y1v— @chrisstewartbbc 03 June 2014
RT @chrisstewartbbc: Front of one of the buses. http://t.co/jfXc8flJkZ— @LilyofLumley 03 June 2014
All casualties now removed from scene. http://t.co/QeOlFuZQup— @chrisstewartbbc 03 June 2014
RT @chrisstewartbbc: Driver being carried to ambulance. http://t.co/QBZeKIUmSv > at bus crash in Stanley in Newcastle— @essexalliehb 03 June 2014
The 12yo boy airlifted from Oxhill, near Stanley, this morning had suffered serious facial injuries but was stable on arrival at hospital.— @GNairambulance 03 June 2014
Please only use 999 today for gen emergency. We have 13-15 vehicles at scene of Stanley bus crash. Other responses could be affected #A693— @NEAmbulance 03 June 2014
@metroradiouk crash in Stanley http://t.co/MIbd8JDJDn— @_LewisChristie_ 03 June 2014
Crews have now extricated 1 male adult from a double decker bus on the A693 road, Oxhill. Transported to the RVI Newcastle via air ambulance— @CDDFRS 03 June 2014
Statement from Great North Air Ambulance
"GNAAS were requested to assist at an RTC in Stanley/Anfield Plain this morning after reports of a 2 bus collision.
"Multiple patients were reported injured with a bus driver trapped and school children injured. The doctor led trauma team triaged the injured persons and a 12 year old child was flown to the RVI with serious facial injuries."
Durham Police statement
At around 8:20 this morning police responded to reports of two school buses colliding on A693 on the junction with Shield Row Lane close to the Oxhill Youth Centre in Stanley.
Approximately 50 children and two adults were involved in the collision. There have been no fatalities but some injuries.
The children are pupils from St Bede’s at Lanchester and Tanfield School Comprehensive and are aged between 11 and 18.
Two children have been taken to the RVI hospital with injuries with others being treated for shock at the scene.
The children have been taken to the nearby Oxhill public house where they have been met by teachers from their respective schools. Parents have been informed.
The roads in this area remain closed at this time.
Supt Colin Williamson said: “We are currently working closely with other agencies to respond to this incident. The safety of those injured in the collision is our primary concern along with supporting their families. There will be some disruption on the roads in this area for some time and I would ask the local community to be patient while we deal with this incident.”
Further information will follow.
Stanley bus crash. Driver still trapped. http://t.co/0L7wb3U12U— @chrisstewartbbc 03 June 2014