Donegal brother and sister rushed to hospital after being struck by bus

A teenage brother and sister were rushed to hospital yesterday afternoon after being struck by a bus.

The collision took place on the main road between Mountcharles and Inver at around 4.50pm on Tuesday. Emergency services attended the scene and the two young people were brought to Letterkenny University Hospital by ambulance.

Their injuries are described as serious but non-life threatening.

The road is currently closed for a technical examination and local diversions are in place.

A garda spokesperson said investigations were ongoing.

This morning Abbey Vocational School issued a statement confirming the students were attending the Donegal Town school and spoke of the sense of relief that there were no fatalities. The statement is as follows:

"On the evening of Tuesday 08th October 2019, two students, (a brother and a sister)  of the Abbey Vocational School, Donegal Town were struck by another vehicle while being dropped off by the school bus at their home in the Mountcharles area of Co Donegal. The emergency services were contacted immediately and attended the scene of the accident.  Following the accident, the two students were ferried to Letterkenny University Hospital for immediate attention. 

"On news reaching the school of the accident, the Critical Incident Plan of the Abbey Vocational School was enacted. The Principal and Deputy Principal immediately drove to the scene of the accident and followed onwards to Letterkenny University Hospital to be with the injured students and their family. The Student Support Team, the Critical Incident Team and the management and staff of the Abbey Vocational School are now following up necessary matters within the school community. School staff will now speak with students during the course of the morning. The National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) and the Donegal ETB Senior Educational Psychologist, Mr Martin Gallen, will offer advice and guidance to ensure the wellbeing of the school community is attended to. 

"Ms Geraldine Diver, School Principal stated: “We are relieved to hear that there have been no fatalities and our thoughts and prayers are with the two injured students and their family. The priority for the management and staff is the wellbeing and welfare of the injured students and their family at this worrying time.

"The Abbey Vocational School wish to compliment the emergency services, Letterkenny University Hospital and the school staff on their response to the critical incident. We are keeping the school community of the Abbey Vocational School updated and we now wish the students a speedy recovery following the accident. We also extend our best wishes to the drivers in their recovery period.”

Ms Diver also advised that should students or families have particular concerns to contact the school immediately.

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