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A loaded school bus tore a tractor apart in a terrifying crash that split open the double-decker and sent several children to hospital


Thirteen people, including children, were taken to hospital after an overcrowded school bus was ripped apart by a tractor in a terrifying crash.

A farm vehicle collided with a double-decker bus in the village of Meopham, Kent, on Wednesday afternoon.

The bus was heavily damaged in the incident, which occurred at around 3.25pm, with photos shared on social media showing the top floor of the vehicle being cut open.

The photos also show a tractor believed to have been involved in the crash nearby with its blade raised in the air.

The South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAMB) says one person was airlifted to Kings College Hospital following the crash, while 12 others were taken to local hospitals and four were released at the scene.

Photos posted on social media show that the top floor of the bus was torn apart in the collision

A tractor with a raised blade, believed to have been involved in the collision, was seen near the scene of the accident

A tractor with a raised blade, believed to have been involved in the collision, was seen near the scene of the accident

Kent Police confirmed that several people on the bus, including children, were among the injured.

The crash happened on the A227 South Street near Culverstone Green shortly after the end of the school day.

Several emergency services including police, fire, paramedics and air ambulance were called following reports of several injuries.

Kent Police said in a statement: “Officers investigating a serious collision between a bus and a tractor near Meopham are seeking dash cam and phone footage.

“Police officers attended the scene, which was close to the Chapman’s Hill junction, along with paramedics, the air ambulance and Kent Fire and Rescue Service.

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“The incident is being investigated by Kent Police’s Serious Collision Unit (SCIU) and officers are appealing for any witnesses to contact them.

«This includes those who may have footage on their phones and motorists with potential evidence on dash cams.»

SEACAMB confirmed earlier in the day that it had dispatched «multiple resources» to the crash site.

Several emergency services were called to the scene in Meopham, Kent, on Wednesday afternoon

Several emergency services were called to the scene in Meopham, Kent, on Wednesday afternoon

In an update on his account X later this evening said: “Following a serious collision between a bus and a tractor near Meopham today (22/05) at approximately 3.30pm.

«We treated and transported 12 patients to local hospitals. One patient was airlifted to Kings College Hospital and the other four injured were airlifted to the scene.»

MailOnline has contacted Kent Police for further information.

Anyone who can assist the investigation should call the SCIU on 01622 798538 or email sciu.td@kent.police.uk quoting reference EX/DGC/051/24.



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