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32 People Injured In School Bus Crash In Co Limerick


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32 people were brought to hospital after a school bus crash in Co Limerick this morning.

The crash happened at around 8.30am, when the bus with up to 46 students on board collided with a car on the R513 near the village of Caherconlish.

The students were from John the Baptist Community School in the town of Hospital.

The drivers of both vehicles were among the 32 people taken to University Hospital in Limerick.

In a statement this afternoon, health officials said all but seven patients have now been discharged.

None of the injuries were life threatening.

The injuries sustained mostly consisted of "musculoskeletal and soft tissue injuries", but also included a small number of fractures.

The hospital had set up a dedicated incident group to respond to the crash, but that has now been stood down.

UL Hospitals Group CEO Prof Colette Cowan said: “This was a distressing incident for everyone involved and I would like to pay tribute to all the emergency services for their effective response in managing it.

"We are proud to work alongside colleagues in the National Ambulance Service, Fire Service, An Garda Siochana, Limerick City and County Council and MidWest Community Healthcare. Our own staff at UHL showed exceptional dedication in managing the situation with many turning up to help without having been called in."

Education Minister Richard Bruton earlier said his thoughts were with the families and the children involved.

He added that his department is working with Bus Éireann, and will work to support all authorities involved in responding to the crash.

Gardaí and Bus Éireann are examining the circumstances that led to today's incident.


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