A group of schoolgirls today told how they rushed to help an elderly driver who was left showered in glass after a horrifying bus crash.
The Highfield Humanities College pupils were in the outdoor eating area at Subway on Squires Gate Lane, South Shore, when they saw the bus in collision with a blue Ford Fusion, driven by a 75-year-old woman.
One of the girls rang 999 before they all raced over to the car to help comfort the clearly shocked pensioner, holding her hand and reassuring her.
The woman was trapped and covered in glass but the girls stayed with her until the emergency services arrived.
Kayleigh Monaghan, 13, who rang for an ambulance, said: “We were all just sat on the benches and watched as the accident happened. It was horrible, but I’m proud of what we did.”
Megan Livesey, also 13, added: “It was awful. The lady was in shock; she was shaking so we stayed with her and held her hand.”
Tina Howard, 47, was driving from her home in Lindale Gardens, and was behind the bus when the accident happened. She said the number five bus, which was on its way to Morrisons, was pulling out on to Squires Gate Lane when it was in collision with the car at around 2.45pm.
Lancashire Fire and Rescue worked to free the woman before she was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital with minor injuries.
A spokesman for Blackpool Transport said an investigation was underway to determine the cause of the accident.
School pride for girls in tender week
It’s been a hard week for pupils and staff at Highfield Humanities College, who had nothing but praise for the group of schoolgirls who rushed to an elderly woman’s aid moments after she was involved in the bus crash.
Deputy headteacher Peter Westhorpe said: “We are very proud of our pupils, yet again.
“It’s been an emotional week, with the sad death of Dave Pinder, our PE teacher, and the shocking news that a member of staff’s husband had died in a plane accident. So we are feeling very tender.
“These children are young people who are finding their way in life. “To stay with someone and to be holding their hand makes us feel very, very proud of their care and concern for other people in situations like this.”
Olivia Holmes, 13, from the school on Highfield Road, South Shore, said the group reassured the woman until paramedics arrived.
She added: “I feel happy about what we have done, but upset for the woman in the car.”
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