Limerick school activated 'critical incident team' in response to bus crash

Donal O'Regan

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Donal O'Regan

The bus crash near Caherconlish this Wednesday Picture: Press 22

The bus crash near Caherconlish this Wednesday Picture: Press 22

THE DEPUTY principal of the Limerick school, whose pupils were involved in the bus crash in County Limerick this Wednesday morning, has said the school has made contact with parents of all of those caught up in the incident.

Speaking in John the Baptist Community School in Hospital, Ita Browne said an incident took place this morning involving a bus making its way to the school

“A number of parents and teachers were on the scene immediately as were the emergency services. The school’s critical incident team was immediately activated and continues to operate in response to the situation,” she said. 

“Our first and primary concern is the well-being of our students. The school, Bus Eireann and emergency services are working together to ensure the safety of all students and all involved in the incident. The school has made contact with all concerned parents, guardians and all concerned are receiving the attention they require,” said Ms Browne.

All students have gone home or are in the care of University Hospital Limerick. There are no reports of serious injuries. It was business as usual in John the Baptist with teenagers making their way to class this Wednesday in the aftermath of the incident.

Speaking to the Limerick Leader at the scene of the multi-vehicle collision, station officer James Kearns said 24 pupils and two adults were taken to University Hospital Limerick for treatment by a fleet of up to 15 ambulances.

Fire crews from Limerick city, Cappamore and Kilmallock all attended the scene of the collision which happened at around 8.30am.

While the air ambulance, Medivac 112, also attended the scene it was subsequently stood down as nobody sustained life-threatening injuries.

The scene of the multi-vehicle collision has been preserved pending technical and forensic examinations.