Update: Driver hurt after school minbus crashes on A47 slip road in Dereham

PUBLISHED: 09:36 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 16:44 23 January 2013

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A school minibus driver has been injured after a crash on a slip road onto the A47 in Dereham this morning.

No students were in the vehicle from Langley School, near Loddon, which was on its way to pick up pupils in the Dereham and Necton area.

The minibus reportedly hit a crash barrier on the westbound Tesco slip road, Dereham, at 6.30am. The slip road was closed, but police said it had since reopened.

Michael Rayner, deputy head at Langley School, said: “The only information we have at the moment is that there were no students in it at the time.

“Sadly the driver was injured and he is receiving medical attention. Our thoughts are with him and we wish him a speedy recovery.”

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said the man, who is in his 60s, suffered neck and chest pains, possibly from the impact of the air bag.

He was taken to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The minibus is one of 20 operated by Langley School, and Mr Rayner said the school phoned the students who were due to be picked up, and all had made it into school before 9am.

Police originally reported a car was also involved in the crash, but a force spokesman later said this was not the case.

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