Girl, 14, ‘who dreamt of being a ballerina’ dies after school minibus packed with pupils crashes with a bin lorry on …

  • Minibus taking children aged 13 to 17 on trip crashed with a bin lorry at 9am
  • One girl, aged 14, was declared dead at the scene, 24 others were injured
  • Another girl was taken to hospital while 19 children were treated at the scene
  • Witness says he heard a loud bang and saw shattered glass fly into the air
  • School has sent a message to parents and says it is working with authorities
  • Other pupils said everyone was wearing seatbelts when crashed happened

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A 14-year-old girl has died and 24 others were injured when a minibus carrying children on a school art trip crashed with a bin lorry this morning.

Pupils from John Taylor High School in Barton under Needwood, Staffordshire were on a day out when the collision took place in Kingsbury Road, Birmingham[2] this morning.

The minibus collided with a refuse truck around 9am, causing injuries to 25 people on board, including three teachers and the driver.

A girl, named locally as Holly Brown, died at the scene. Another girl was taken to hospital and 19 other pupils were treated at the roadside.

School children were on a minibus when it crashed with a bin lorry in Birmingham today, killing one 14-year-old girl and injuring 19 other pupils and three teachers

A council bin lorry was involved in the crash at the busy junction at around 9am this morning

A council bin lorry was involved in the crash at the busy junction at around 9am this morning

Pictures show the front left hand side of the bin lorry was badly damaged in the crash

Pictures show the front left hand side of the bin lorry was badly damaged in the crash

A private ambulance was brought to the scene this afternoon after a 14-year-old was killed

A private ambulance was brought to the scene this afternoon after a 14-year-old was killed

Relatives are comforting the girls’ parents, Sari and Martin, at the family’s home in Branston, near Burton-upon-Trent.

Friends said Holly dreamed of becoming a ballet dancer and three years ago won a place to star in a local performance of Sleeping Beauty.

The mother of a boy who was on the bus said the lorry and the middle of the bus collided before the bus driver brought the vehicle to a half.

She claimed: ‘There could have been more casualties, but apparently his skills stopped that.’

Police forensics experts meanwhile combed the scene as part of their investigation into the crash and tests were carried out on the bin lorry.

Superintendent Dean Hatton, of West Midlands Police, said: ‘This is a tragic incident which has resulted in the death of a pupil from the John Taylor High School in Barton-under-Needwood.

‘The family of the teenage girl has been informed and they are being supported by officers from our family liaison unit.’

The group were planning to visit Birmingham’s Botanical Gardens and then the Wolverhampton Art Gallery, parents at the school said.

A mother of a boy who was on the bus said the lorry collided with the side of the bus

A mother of a boy who was on the bus said the lorry collided with the side of the bus

Sheeting was put over part of the minibus as police forensics officers arrived at the scene

Sheeting was put over part of the minibus as police forensics officers arrived at the scene

Police investigators were also seen getting into the waste truck after the crash

Police investigators were also seen getting into the waste truck after the crash

The vehicles were facing the same way they came to a stop. Debris was scattered on the road

The vehicles were facing the same way they came to a stop. Debris was scattered on the road

West Midlands Police described the death as a 'tragic incident' and said the girl's family have been informed

West Midlands Police described the death as a ‘tragic incident’ and said the girl’s family have been informed

The mother whose son was on the bus said: ‘The trip was part of their GCSE art studies.

‘All my son could say was that there had been a crash and one of the students had died. She apparently had a severe head injury.

He said everyone was wearing seat belts.’

Michelle Gower, another mother whose daughter was on the trip, was in tears as she said: ‘It’s awful. It’s horrible. I just need her to be back with me now.’

Mother Tracey Pegg, whose son was on the trip, said she has managed to speak to him.

She said: ‘I just spoke to my son.

They are sending a minibus to pick them up and take them back to school.

‘It’s just horrible. I am going to fetch him from there and bring him straight home but we don’t know the full details yet. The traffic around the area is horrendous.’

Police, two ambulances and an air ambulance were dispatched to the scene.

Parents arrived at the school to pick up children this afternoon after hearing what happened

Parents arrived at the school to pick up children this afternoon after hearing what happened

Staffordshire Police are in touch with the school.
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pA police was parked at the site today

Staffordshire Police are in touch with the school. A police was parked at the site today

Superintendent Dean Hattons aid: 'Unfortunately, it became clear nothing could be done at the scene to save the life of the young girl and she was pronounced dead at the scene'

Superintendent Dean Hattons aid: ‘Unfortunately, it became clear nothing could be done at the scene to save the life of the young girl and she was pronounced dead at the scene’

Witness Alex Jeffers, 19, told the Birmingham Mail: ‘I heard a loud bang behind me and I turned around and I saw a lot of dust go up in the air and a lot of glass shattered and metal from the lorry on the roadway by the bus stop.

‘Both the lorry and the minibus came to a stop.

I went over to the minibus to see if there was anything I could do.’

West Midlands Ambulance Service said: ‘Crews arrived on scene to discover a collision between a minibus and a lorry.

‘There were 25 patients, from the minibus. One of whom, a teenage girl, had suffered serious injuries in the collision and unfortunately it immediately became apparent that nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.’

The ambulance spokesman added: ‘A second teenage girl received treatment at the scene for minor injuries and was transported to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment.

‘A further 19 children were discharged at the scene together with four adults, which included the minibus driver.

‘The lorry driver, a man, was also assessed and discharged at the scene with having avoided injury.’

The students were on their way down from Barton-under-Needwood to Birmingham's Botantical Gardens and Wolverhampton Art Gallery

The students were on their way down from Barton-under-Needwood to Birmingham’s Botantical Gardens and Wolverhampton Art Gallery

This was the scene soon after the minibus crashed with a lorry in Birmingham this morning

This was the scene soon after the minibus crashed with a lorry in Birmingham this morning

The statement to parents said: ‘Please be aware that a number of our Year 9 and Year 12 students that are on an Art Trip have been involved in a serious road traffic accident this morning.

‘We are working to support those directly affected. Please support us by not ringing into school as this closes our lines.

More information will be provided via the school website.’

It is understood pupils who were not injured have been brought back to the school.

Police say the road will remain closed for several hours while collision investigators work at the scene.

Both drivers are helping the police with the investigation.

Machine worker Stephen Jones, 38, who works nearby, said: ‘I heard a big bang at 9am this morning – a massive bang.

He added: ‘There are a lot of accidents here all the time, it’s a busy road.’

Accident investigators are on the scene and the road will be closed for a number of hours

Accident investigators are on the scene and the road will be closed for a number of hours

Both drivers are unhurt and are helping with the investigation, police have said

Both drivers are unhurt and are helping with the investigation, police have said

A local resident told of the havoc following the incident.

The man, who asked not to be named, said: ‘It was about 9:10 am and I was walking back from the school run when I heard all the sirens.

‘There are police at both ends of the A38, stopping cars entering.

Tyburn Island is chaos, there is at least 10 plus police cars and vans.

‘Police tape has been placed down the bank that runs along side there are at least two fire engines.’

Birmingham MP Jack Dromey has tweeted his shock at the accident and said ‘prayers are with those involved’.

Two ambulances, an air ambulance and other paramedics are at the scene treating the injured

Two ambulances, an air ambulance and other paramedics are at the scene treating the injured

The Staffordshire school has told parents it is working with authorities

The Staffordshire school has told parents it is working with authorities

Birmingham City Council confirmed one of their bin lorries was involved in the crash.

A spokesman said: ‘We are deeply saddened by the death of a teenage girl this morning on Kingsbury Road and our thoughts are with her family, friends and all those affected.

‘As a City Council trade waste vehicle was involved in the incident we will be fully co-operating with all investigations.’

References

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