Limerick school ‘exceptionally proud’ of hero students who helped younger pupils to safety after bus crash

The scene of the bus crash on the the R513 Between Hospital and Caherconlish on Tuesday morning. Photo: Brendan Gleeson.

A LIMERICK school was “exceptionally proud” of its hero students who acted quickly to ensure that younger pupils got to safety after a school bus crash on Tuesday morning (April 16).

Emergency services attended the scene of the crash at Herbertstown, between Caherconlish and Hospital, which saw a number of brave students from John the Baptist School swoop into action to help younger pupils.

The incident happened around 8.20am on Tuesday morning when school bus came off the road and landed in a ditch.

In a statement, John the Baptist School praised both staff and students who ensured everyone got to safety.

“Our dedicated staff members, who were first on the scene, acted swiftly and efficiently to ensure the safety of all students and to provide immediate assistance following the incident,” the school said.

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“We are exceptionally proud of the brave efforts of all the students involved, especially our senior students who facilitated younger students leaving the bus.”

A parent who attended the scene said 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.

Gardaí confirmed no injuries were sustained in the crash, but paramedics, fire services, and Gardaí attended the scene.

According to the school, a number of students were taken to University Hospital Limerick as a precaution.

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