Shock and sadness at death of 14-year-old girl in bus crash on John Taylor High School field trip

The death of a 14-year-old schoolgirl on a school trip has caused shock and sadness in the community. The teenager died after a minibus carrying pupils crashed with a bin lorry. The girl was in the vehicle with 21 fellow students on a field trip from John Taylor High School in Barton-Under-Needwood when it was involved in a collision on the A38 Kingsbury Road in Birmingham at just before 9am on Friday.

A second teenage girl was taken to hospital with minor injuries and several other pupils were treated at the scene in the north east area of the city. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said the dead girl “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 bus was also carrying four adults – the driver and three teachers, West Midlands Police said. No arrests have been made but both drivers were assisting with the “detailed and thorough” investigation. Superintendent Dean Hatton, head of the central motorway police group (CMPG), said emergency services were called to “an extremely tragic incident” on the road, which would have been busy with rush-hour traffic.


READ MORE: Girl dead and dozens injured in school minibus crash – live updates[1]


Speaking to reporters at the scene, he said: “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.

“Next of kin have been informed and I’ve got specialist officers with the family now to support them at this very difficult time. “We’ve been in close contact with our colleagues at Staffordshire Police and been liaising with the head teacher at the John Taylor High School and all relevant support is being provided by the school and by our colleagues.” Asked if the pupils were wearing seat-belts, he replied: “That will be part of our investigation and, at the moment, I can’t confirm either way whether or not pupils were wearing seat-belts or otherwise.” He said he would not speculate on the cause of the collision.

At the scene, a detailed forensic examination was carried out to try to piece together exactly how the bin lorry and the small coach came together. From the roadside, damage to the waste truck’s front end was visible.

The rear right-hand portion of the minibus had been covered over with a green tarpaulin. Officers carried out skid tests and took distance markings on the dual carriageway. The principal of John Taylor High School sent his condolences to the family of the victim.

Mike Donoghue said in a letter to parents: “You may already have heard about a road traffic accident which involved some of our Year 9 and Year 12 students.


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“Unfortunately, we have been told the tragic news that this has resulted in the fatality of one our Year 9 pupils. Your child, who has brought this letter home today, has been told about this and they may well be very upset by this sad event.
“We therefore felt it was important you know what has happened and what we are doing in school to support your child.

Enclosed is a leaflet to help you to understand some of the possible effects, thoughts and feelings that your child may experience. “In school, pupils will be able to talk to their teachers or other staff about their feelings. Our thoughts, at this every tragic and sad time, are with the family, their friends and the pupils and staff involved.

I am sure that you will join everyone at John Taylor High School in supporting our community in every way you can.” Neighbours of John Taylor High School in Dunstall Road have spoken of their shock and sadness when hearing the news.

One neighbour of the school said: “It’s very sad. I feel awfully sorry for the staff and pupils involved.” Another said: “I can’t even imagine how devastating it must be.”

And one Dunstall Road resident added: “It’s a very sad accident, almost at the end of the school year – I don’t understand how it happened.” Machine worker Stephen Jones, 38, who works near to the scene of the crash, said: “I heard a big bang at 9am this morning – a massive bang. “I came over and had a look and the police were here with the sirens and they’d shut it all.

I saw the coroner’s ambulance and I heard a girl had passed away. There are a lot of accidents here all the time, it’s a busy road.” The A38 Kingsbury Road reopened just after 6pm.


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

In a statement, it 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.” Staffordshire County Council leader Philip Atkins sent his condolences to the victim’s family.

He said: “This is tragic news, especially coming when pupils are looking forward to their summer break.

“Our thoughts are with the families of all of those involved as well as teachers, pupils and the wider John Taylor school community.

We are doing all we can to help the school today, and will continue to support them into next week and beyond.”

References

  1. ^ Girl dead and dozens injured in school minibus crash – live updates (www.derbytelegraph.co.uk)
  2. ^ Murder arrest after woman dies in A38 crash near Burton (www.derbytelegraph.co.uk)
  3. ^ Armed robbery gang jailed for more than 20 years (www.derbytelegraph.co.uk)

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