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12 year old airlifted to hospital in a serious condition following school bus crash

A 12 year old boy has been airlifted to hospital in a serious condition following a two school bus collision in Stanley County Durham.

Durham Constabulary remain at the scene of the collision on the A693 on the junction with Shield Row Lane close to the Oxhill Youth Centre.

The collision involves two school buses 50 children and two adults.

• 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 other 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.

The buses were carrying children from St Bede’s at Lanchester and Tanfield School Comprehensive and are aged between 11 and 18.

Two children have been taken to the Newcastle RVI hospital with injuries there condition is unknown.

A number of children have been treated at the scene for shock.

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.

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