Gardaí attend multiple crash scenes, including school bus crash in County Limerick

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EMERGENCY services attended the scene of a school bus crash in County Limerick this morning (April 16) which saw a number of brave students swoop into action to help younger pupils.

The incident happened around 8.20am this morning (Tuesday) at Herbertstown between Caherconlish and Hospital.

It is understood that the school bus came off the road and landed in a ditch.

A parent who attended the scene said that the incident happened when the bus driver had to veer to avoid a head-on collision with a car who was performing an overtake.

It’s a very, very bumpy road. So luckily none of the girls or boys were injured,” the parent told the Limerick Post.

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The parent said that none of the students on the bus were injured on their way to nearby John the Baptist Community School in Hospital.

The Limerick Post understands that some of the older students swooped into action, coming to the aid of the younger students and helping them get off the bus and to safety.

Gardaí said no injuries have been reported, but that paramedics, fire services, and Gardaí were at the scene.

It is understood that teachers were also on hand and helped out directing traffic until the emergency services arrived.

The teachers were brilliant. The teachers came on it. So it was all a very combined effort to keep everything calm and peaceful, they’re a fantastic school,” the parent said.

The road is currently closed and diversions are in place.

Elsewhere in Limerick, long delays have been reported on the M7 motorway after a separate incident there this morning.

Gardaí confirmed to the Limerick Post that a truck hit a barrier at Junction 29 on the M7 at around 9am this morning.

No injuries were reported at the time of writing.