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Eight pupils injured in school bus crash in Co Donegal

Eight schoolchildren have been injured after a school bus crashed with a van in Co Donegal.

Gardai said the children and the drivers of both vehicles were taken to Letterkenny University Hospital for treatment to "minor injuries".

The collision happened at around 8am on Thursday on the R265 at Carrickmore, Letterkenny.

The road remains closed while investigations continue.

Gardai are appealing for witnesses to contact them at Letterkenny Garda Station on 074-9167100.

Donegal Education and Training Board said the bus had been taking students to Deele College in Raphoe and the Royal and Prior Comprehensive when it was involved in the accident in the St Johnston area.

Sixteen students from Deele College were on the bus at the time. Those who were not taken to hospital either travelled on to the college or went home with parents.

All injured students have since been discharged from hospital.

Following the accident a special room was set up in Deele College for students and their families and some members of staff travelled to the hospital to be with the injured students. School principal Joe Boyle attended the scene of the accident.

Donegal ETB senior educational psychologist, Martin Gallen, offered advice and guidance to students.

Dr Martin Gormley, director of schools at Donegal ETB, said: "We are relieved to hear that there were no major injuries to the students of Deele College or the Royal and Prior Comprehensive, Raphoe. The priority for the management and staff was the wellbeing and welfare of the students and their families at this worrying time.

"Donegal ETB wish to compliment the emergency services and the school staff on their response to the critical incident. We are keeping the school community of Deele College updated and we now wish the students a speedy recovery following the accident. We also extend our best wishes to both drivers in their recovery period."

Dr Gormley also said students or families with particular concerns should contact the school immediately.

Along with Mr Boyle, Dr Howard Welch, of The Royal and Prior Comprehensive School thanked the Emergency Response Teams, the Garda, The Ambulance Service and the Donegal Fire Services and the staff of Letterkenny University Hospital "for their professionalism, care and concern showed towards the students involved in the accident".

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