Hartlepool teens on church trip hurt in road crash.

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Three teenagers on a camping trip with a Hartlepool church were hospitalised after a three-vehicle road crash.

The youngsters, part of a 18-strong party from Oxford Road Baptist Church, were hurst after the coach they were travelling in collided with two 4x4’s on the Ripon bypass, in North Yorkshire, on Monday evening.

They were on their way back to a camp site in Ripon after a trip to Knaresborough when the collision occured.

Police were called at around 5.30pm to the incident as well as six ambulances, three rapid response vehicles and the air ambulance.

A clinical supervisor and a doctor also attended the collision on the A61 near the Littlethorpe turning.

Police confirmed that a total of five people were taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries.

The children from Hartlepool, a 14-year-old boy and two girls aged 15 and 16, are believed to have since been discharged from hospital.

A number of other child passengers on the coach were assessed and checked on the scene by the doctor and paramedics but did not need require hospital treatment.

The road was closed in both directions while the police dealt with the incident and was reopened just after 8pm.

John Lauderdale, a deacon at the church, based in Caledonian Road, Hartlepool, said: “We had 18 children aged between 12 and 18 on the trip, which is held every year.

“Three of the children suffered injuries in the crash, one of them damaged ribs, but all three have since been discharged from hospital.

“I am hoping to see the families of the children to find out how they are.

“There are around 80 people on the trip, with 18 attending from our church as well as 4 adult leaders.

“They went on the camping trip on Saturday and are due back this Saturday.”