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Car driver hurt in school bus crash

A car driver has been left with serious injuries and pupils have been hurt in a crash with a school bus.

The silver Mini Cooper and 075 Sea View Coaches school bus driving to Queen Elizabeth School crashed at around 8am on Tuesday in Horton, Dorset.

There were 45 pupils, aged between 14 and 18 and from the Alderholt area, on the bus to the Wimborne school. Some suffered minor injuries - including a suspected broken nose and a suspected broken wrist - and nine were taken to hospital.

Parents who heard about the incident arrived to collect their children, some of whom were due to take exams. Dorset Police, who were called to the scene at 8.15am, closed the B3082 road and traffic was diverted through Horton village.

Senior staff from the school went to the scene in a minibus to help emergency services manage the situation and support students. Dorset County Council also dispatched an additional coach to pick up the remaining students to return them to school.

A senior educational psychologist and a team of counsellors attended the school to help students deal with the trauma of the incident.

Andy Puttock, headteacher of the school, said: "All of the pupils involved in the incident this morning are shocked by what happened. Thankfully, as far as we are aware, none of the children suffered any serious injury.

"The emergency services were absolutely brilliant - they arrived on the scene within minutes and dealt with the situation extremely well. We will be supporting all the children on a one-to-one basis to provide the necessary counselling and support to help them deal with what had happened.

"We do have exams taking place at the moment. Some pupils from other areas were delayed in arriving at the school because of the incident, but we arranged for them to take their exams slightly later.

"The pupils involved in the incident who were brought into the school will be assessed on an individual basis to see whether they are in a fit state to take their exams or whether they want to. Special arrangements will be made for any who feel unable to do so."

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