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West Cumbria kids rugby team in bus crash

The driver of a coach carrying a West Cumbria kids rugby team has been injured after the his coach collided with a bridge near Cockermouth.

Emergency services were called to the collision on the A5086 between Cockermouth and Wath Brow at 1:20am today, Saturday 23 July.

The coach was carrying children, aged approx 11-years old who were returning from a day out at the St Helens and Wigan match, they belonged to the Wath Brow Hornets Rugby Club.

Also on board were team coaches and parents assisting with the children.

A spokesman for Cumbria Police said: “The crash was approximately 4 miles from Cockermouth, the coach hit a bridge and left the road before coming to a standstill blocking the carriageway.

“The coach, from the Penrith area was driven by a man aged approx 55-years old, he received a broken wrist, he was conveyed to West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven to be treated.

“There was no other injuries to the children whose parents turned up at the scene to collect them.”

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Service and North West Ambulance Service also attended as well as Highways, who attended with lighting and assist with the clear up after the coach was removed from the scene.

The road was closed for two hours.

A spokesman for Wath Brow Hornets posted a message on Twitter saying: “Everyone at Wath Brow Hornets ARLFC is extremely relieved all U11’s, coaches, parents and supporters are okay after the accident last night.

“Thank God you’re all safe and thanks to those on the bus who supported the kids through a very traumatic experience.”

Any witnesses are asked to contact PC2360 on 101.

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