Driver suffers serious injuries as school minibus falls into field

Still in the driving seat of the Jameson Bridge Street taxi firm is Tony Blanchard
Still in the driving seat of the Jameson Bridge Street taxi firm is Tony Blanchard

A BUS carrying special needs school children home to Market Rasen overturned and crashed into a field leaving the driver with serious injuries.

The 55-year-old Middle Rasen minibus driver had to be cut from the wreckage and was air-lifted to hospital in Nottingham with serious back injuries after the crash in Top Road, Osgodby, on Monday afternoon.

The children’s carer – a 58–year-old Market Rasen woman – broke her collar bone and was taken to Lincoln County Hospital.

None of the seven children on the bus were seriously injured but some were left with cuts and bruises.

Tony Blanchard owns Market Rasen taxi firm Blanchards Taxis, which takes the 11 to 16 year olds to and from school in Gainsborough everyday.

He said: “Nothing like this has happened in the 30 years I’ve had the business. I was horrified when I found out about it, I was on the scene in 20 minutes.

“The emergency services were there and the children were all checked out. Some were shocked, some had cuts and bruises but they were fine. It’s amazing when you consider the injuries the adults suffered.

“I’ve known the driver for 20 years and he’s worked for me for the last two years. They had to cut up the bus to get him out.

“I haven’t spoken to him since the crash but his wife told me he’s broken a vertebrae in his back and the doctors don’t know how serious his injuries are yet.

“I think he must have caught the side of the road and it’s taken them down into the field, you could barely see the bus from the road.”

Police want to hear from anyone who saw the silver LDV minibus at about 3.20pm on Top Road, Osgodby. Call 101 quoting incident number 240 of February 20, 2012.