LONDON (Bywire News) - In a tragic turn of events, Chief Superintendent Graeme Robson confirmed during a news conference that two people have died following the overturning of a school bus on the M53 motorway this morning. The deceased have been identified as a 14-year-old schoolgirl and the bus driver.
The bus, carrying students from Calday Grange Grammar School and West Kirby Grammar School, overturned at 08:00 BST near junction 5. Emergency services, including two air ambulances, were dispatched to the scene. Fifty people were assessed, and one female patient was initially taken to the hospital with major injuries.
Chief Superintendent Graeme Robson announced the devastating news, confirming the deaths of a 14-year-old girl and the bus driver. The families have been notified and are receiving support.
Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool had declared a major incident but later downgraded it, stating that its A&E department remains extremely busy. The hospital is treating a number of patients involved in the crash. Arrowe Park Hospital in Wirral also initially received casualties but later transferred them to Alder Hey.
Both Calday Grange Grammar School and West Kirby Grammar School confirmed their students were on the bus and said they are supporting students and families affected by the incident, especially in light of the tragic fatalities.
Merseyside's Police and Crime Commissioner, Emily Spurrell, urged people not to speculate about the crash. Education Secretary Gillian Keegan and local MPs have also offered their support and thanked emergency services for their response.
The investigation is ongoing, and the public has been asked to refrain from sharing images that could cause distress. Merseyside Police, NWAS, and Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service continue to provide updates on the situation.
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