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7 July 2017, 11:39
A 14 year old girl has died in a mini-bus crash in Castle Vale involving students from John Taylor High School
West Midlands Police say investigators are there establishing the circumstances around what happened.
Both drivers are assisting police with this investigation.
These people nearby spoke to Heart:
Superintendent Dean Hatton, head of the Central Motorway Police Group, said: “This is a tragic incident which has resulted in the death of a pupil from the John Taylor High School in Barton-under-Needwood.
“The family of the teenage girl has been informed and they are being supported by officers from our family liaison unit.
“We are also in contact with the school and our colleagues at Staffordshire Police, who are understandably devastated as this occurred while their students were on a school trip.”
West Midlands Ambulance Service was called to Kingsbury Road in Castle Vale, Birmingham at 9am with multiple crews and Midlands Air Ambulance from Cosford at the scene:
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “Crews arrived on scene to discover a collision between a minibus and a lorry.
“There were 25 patients, from the minibus. One of whom, a teenage girl, had suffered serious injuries in the collision and unfortunately it immediately became apparent that nothing could be done to save her and she was confirmed dead at the scene.
“A second teenage girl received treatment at the scene for minor injuries and was transported to Heartlands Hospital for further assessment.
“A further 19 children were discharged at the scene together with four adults, which included the minibus driver.
“The lorry driver, a man, was also assessed and discharged at the scene with having avoided injury.”
John Taylor High School in Barton Under Needwood in Staffordshire confirm some of their students are involved in a serious crash in Castle Vale, Birmingham and have sent this letter to parents:
Erdington MP Jack Dromey says he's shocked to hear about the crash:
Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant says he's deeply saddened:
Heartbroken to learn that a 14 year old girl killed in Castle Vale on a school art trip from Barton under Needwood @johntaylorhigh— Michael Fabricant (@Mike_Fabricant) July 7, 2017
The police say the road will shut for several hours while emergency services are at the scene.
A Birmingham City Council trade waste vehicle was involved and say they're fully co-operating with all investigations.