Tuesday, May 28

Schoolgirl killed as minibus hits bin lorry on A38 near Birmingham



A schoolgirl has been killed after a minibus carrying pupils from a high school near Burton-on-Trent collided with a bin lorry.

Twenty-one pupils from Year 9 and Year 12 at John Taylor High School in Barton-under-Needwood were on an art trip with three teachers when the accident happened on the A38 Kingsbury Road in Castle Vale this morning.

One of whom, a teenage girl, had 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, a West Midland Ambulance Service spokesman said.

The children were on an art trip when the collision happened

One pupil was taken to hospital with “superficial injuries, while several others were treated at the scene.

Superintendent Dean Hatton, head of the Central Motorway Police Group, said: This is a tragic incident which has resulted in the death of a pupil from the John Taylor High School in Barton-under-Needwood.

The family of the teenage girl has been informed and they are being supported by officers from our family liaison unit.

Emergency services at the scene

We are also in contact with the school and our colleagues at Staffordshire Police, who are understandably devastated as this occurred while their students were on a school trip.

In a statement, the school said: “We are working to support those directly affected. More information will be provided via the school website.”

The pupils are from John Taylor High School in Barton-under-Needwood

Alex Jeffers, 19, said he heard a loud bang as he was crossing the road.

I turned around and I saw a lot of dust go up in the air and a lot of glass shattered and metal from the lorry on the roadway by the bus stop, he told the Birmingham Mail.

Both the lorry and the minibus came to a stop. I went over to the minibus to see if there was anything I could do.

The drivers of the bus and the lorry are assisting police

No arrests have been made and both drivers are assisting the police with the investigation.

Police urged people to avoid the area, which is a busy commuter route into Birmingham.

Local MP Jack Dromey said: I am shocked to hear of a serious accident on the Kingsbury Road. Our thoughts and prayers are with those involved.