TWO pupils and a teacher needed medical treatment after the minibus they were travelling in was involved in a crash.
Fourteen girls from the Hartlepool Sixth Form College football team were in a minibus on their way to a match against students from Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, in Darlington, when the crash happened.
The minibus – run by town firm Paul’s Travel – collided with a car at the roundabout on the A689 near Wolviston, near the junction with the A19.
This in turn caused the car to collide with another vehicle in front of that.
The force of the crash left one pupil with a shoulder injury and after initially returning to the college, her parents took her to the University Hospital of North Tees, in Stockton, for checks.
The girls’ football coach also went to the hospital for checks, and paramedics were called to one student who began suffering from a suspected panic attack on return to the college.
Several other students suffered bruising and abrasions from being jarred by seatbelts, or bumping the seat in front.
Acting principle of Hartlepool Sixth Form College, Carole Horseman, said: “Fourteen of our female football team were on their way to play a match when the minibus in which they were travelling went into the rear of a car at the Wolviston roundabout.
“The girls were left shaken and some have a variety of minor bumps, bruises and abrasions. One student was taken to North Tees hospital to be checked out for a shoulder injury. We had to call paramedics later as one student started having a panic attack.
“All of the other girls were checked out by our on-site first aider making sure they are safe and well before asking parents to come and pick them up.”
She added: “It’s a regrettable accident and we are obviously upset for the students who were looking forward to playing this match. They came straight back to the college after it happened and every one of them has been checked over.
“The football coach also went to hospital to be checked.”
A spokesman for Paul’s Travel said: “It happened at the roundabout at Wolviston and basically the driver went into the back of a car in front. He stopped and swapped details and completed all of the legalities.
“Everybody seemed okay at the scene and we hope the students are alright.”
Police were not called to the incident, which happened around 12.45pm yesterday.