Bus crash teenager: I thought I was going to die

The scene of the accident
The scene of the accident

A TERRIFIED teenager says she thought she was going to die after the double-decker school bus she was travelling in crashed into a bridge.

Caitlin Allen, 17, from Billingham, was sitting on the top deck when the bus hit a railway bridge yesterday morning trapping her in the wreckage.

There were around 50 students on the bus and 12 were injured, with Caitlin the most serious casualty with a fractured collarbone.

She said: “I thought I was going to die.

“I was screaming at the top of my voice. They were saying, ‘you’ve got to get out Cait’.

“Part of the bus that had fallen on me was lifted up by someone – I don’t know who, maybe one of the boys – and then I could get out.”

The Compass Royston bus was taking about 50 teenagers from the Stockton and Billingham areas to Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, in Darlington.

An investigation into the accident, which happened at 8.45am in Neasham Road, Darlington, has been launched.