Schoolgirl killed as minibus hits bin lorry on A38 near Birmingham ••
A 14-year-old girl has been killed after a minibus carrying pupils from a high school near Burton-on-Trent collided with a bin lorry.
The Year 9 and Year 12 pupils from John Taylor High School in Barton-under-Needwood were on an art trip when the accident happened this morning.
The ambulance service said there were “multiple patients” from the bus.
“Crews arrived on scene to discover a collision between a minibus and a lorry,” a West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said.
“Ambulance staff assessed multiple patients from the minibus at the scene, together with the lorry driver.”
A green tarpaulin has been placed over the side windows of the bus.
In a statement, the school said: “We are working to support those directly affected. More information will be provided via the school website.”
Alex Jeffers, 19, said he heard a loud bang as he was crossing the road.
“I turned around and I saw a lot of dust go up in the air and a lot of glass shattered and metal from the lorry on the roadway by the bus stop,” he told the Birmingham Mail.
“Both the lorry and the minibus came to a stop. I went over to the minibus to see if there was anything I could do.”
West Midlands Police confirmed emergency services were at the “serious collision” on the A38 Kingsbury Road in Castle Vale.
They urged people to avoid the area, which is a busy commuter route into Birmingham.
Local MP Jack Dromey said: “I am shocked to hear of a serious accident on the Kingsbury Road. Our thoughts and prayers are with those involved.”