Update: School bus in collision

Update: Eight Clifton Hunter High School students were taken by ambulance to hospital after the school bus they were travelling in was involved in a collision Monday.

The students were treated at the Cayman Islands Hospital after complaining of neck and back pain following the collision between a private vehicle and the bus on Sea View Road in East End.

Police said the collision, which occurred shortly before 3:15pm, is under investigation. Both vehicles were travelling eastbound when the crash happened.

According to a press release from the Department of Education Services on Tuesday, school principal Richard Wildman arrived at the scene quickly, checked on the students and immediately notified their parents and guardians.

“Notice was sent to the PTA’s WhatsApp group and also via the school’s Facebook page. Some of the parents arrived on the scene to check on their children,” the department stated.

The school bus operator provided an additional bus, and students who had indicated at that time that they were not feeling any pain or had any discomfort were allowed to board that bus home, the DES said.

“We at the DES are satisfied with our team’s handling of the situation yesterday, but we will continue to assess and update our emergency response procedures as necessary to ensure the continued safety of our students,” said DES Acting Director Tammy Banks-Dacosta.

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