Boy injured as school bus and 4x4 collide on A12

School bus and 4x4 collide on A12 southbound. Photo: Tracy Collyer

School bus and 4x4 collide on A12 southbound. Photo: Tracy Collyer - Credit: Archant

Emergency services are at the scene of a collision between a coach and a 4x4 awaiting recovery.

One child has been taken to hospital as a precaution after a Cliff Park school bus and 4x4 collided around 3.30pm on Lowestoft Road near Hopton.

Police, fire and ambulance services were called to the scene, but only minor injuries were suffered from one child in the school bus.

The young boy has now been taken to the James Paget hospital for treatment.

A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service said it was 'a precautionary measure'.

'One child has been taken to the James Paget hospital,' they said. 'They seem to be minor injuries and not too bad at first glance.'

Rob Sherington, principal of Cliff Park Ormiston, Academy, said he was 'delighted' his students have now returned home.

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'I can confirm a 4x4 hit the school bus as it was takign students back to Hopton,' he said.

'It was on the first part of its journey, and one student has been taken to hospital as a precaution.

'The students were all very good, and the bus driver was excellent at keeping them all calm. There would have been up 40 students on the bus aged between 11 and 16.

'I am just delighted they are all home safely, as a second bus went to collect them.'

The A12 southbound was partially blocked and traffic has been mounting since the collision, which occurred between the Bridge Road junction and Links Road junction. The road is expected to be cleared shortly.

More follows.

Picture by Tracy Collyer