At least 18 children hurt as school bus crashes with car

7 February 2018, 13:16

At least 18 children have been injured after their bus crashed with a car and overturned in rural Limerick.

The bus had 46 children and a number of adults on board when it crashed in Caherconlish at 8.50am.

Noreen Rafferty, principal of John the Baptist Community School, where the children were from, said the injuries were mostly confined to "bruises and scrapes".

"It is minor injuries," she said.

"They are being checked out at the minute.

"They are very shocked and we are organising counselling."

A statement from the Health Service Executive in Ireland said 18 children and two adults had been taken to University Hospital Limerick.

Seven people were taken to hospital in ambulances, while others were treated at the scene.

An air ambulance was called, but no one was airlifted. Several fire engines and gardai attended the scene.

Bus Eireann, which operates the bus service, said in a statement they were assisting the investigation.

The statement added: "We would like to express our gratitude to all the emergency services for their rapid response and we will continue to liaise with the school and parents of the injured students."