Coach full of schoolchildren and car collide in Ottery St Mary
A road in Ottery St Mary has reopened following an earlier closure after a coach carrying schoolchildren was involved in a collision with a car.
The main road through Ottery St Mary was closed in both directions after the Crudge coach and red Ford Escort collided at Chineway Hill at around 8.25am.
Police said initial reports suggested the car was underneath the front-end of the coach but confirmed it had since been moved from out under.
Both the driver and passenger of the Ford Escort sustained cuts to the head and were taken to Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital by ambulance for further treatment. Police said their injuries were not life-threatening or life-changing but confirmed both were both shaken-up.
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The coach, which was full of schoolchildren at the time of the crash, was en route to Colyton Grammar School to drop the pupils to school. Police confirmed no students on the coach sustained any injuries.
Police said two mini buses were dispatched to the scene to collect the schoolchildren and convoy them to school.
Paul Evans, headteacher of Colyton Grammar School, said: “Clearly this is a serious incident as far as the drivers of the vehicles are concerned but luckily the children were all wearing their seat belts and were unharmed. For them it was an unexpected incident on their way to school.
"The lanes are narrow but we have never had any concerns with the coach company before and we don’t have the details of the incident to comment further.
"The thing we’re most concerned about it children’s safety but thankfully they were all okay and don’t seem unduly concerned about it.”
Around six ambulances, two fire crews and a number of police officers attended the scene.
Police redirected traffic while the vehicles were recovered.
The road, which was closed from East Hill to Ottery town centre, was reopen by 9.30am.