Lanark children injured in horror bus crash
Published 31/03/2010 | 08:23
Several schoolchildren were seriously injured today after the bus they were travelling in crashed in "horrendous" weather conditions in Scotland.
The teenagers were heading off on a school trip to Alton Towers when their coach left the road and crashed into water on the A73.
Four were seriously injured and another eight suffered minor injuries in the accident at Wiston, near Biggar, in South Lanarkshire.
The pupils were from Lanark Grammar School in South Lanarkshire, police said.
There were six adults and 33 children on board when the bus came off the road.
Strathclyde Fire and Rescue and the ambulance service attended the scene and treated casualties.
A spokesman for the ambulance service said casualties had been taken to Wishaw General Hospital, while those with minor injuries were being assessed at the scene.
Local resident Bill Wood told BBC Radio Scotland that the weather in the area was "absolutely atrocious" with heavy snow and high winds.
He said of the bus: "It is on its side in a burn.
"Most of the people affected have been taken to the nearby town hall where they are being looked after."
He added that a rescue helicopter had been sent to the area.