36 people taken to hospital

Four people have been admitted to hospital after a crash between a school bus and a car in Co. Limerick this morning.

The collision took place near the village of Caherconlish as a group secondary students were on their way to school.

36 people were taken to University Hospital Limerick, 32 of whom have since been discharged.

Separate investigations by Gardai and Bus Eireann are taking place into the cause of the crash.

Ita Brown Deputy Principal of John the Baptist Community School was speaking earlier.

Most of the injuries were soft tissue injuries but also included a small number of fractures.

Children and their families were also offered counselling and follow-up psychiatric support is being arranged through their school.

46 secondary school students from John the Baptist Community School were on board the bus at the time.

The HSE says extra staff were deployed at University Hospital Limerick to deal with the casualties.

 

An earlier report from Dave Raleigh in Limerick:

 

The HSE say there has been 20 casualties, 18 minors and 2 adults. 

All images via Limerick Leader