Head-on collision between coach and HGV in Blacko - children hurt

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Three children and a coach driver were left with minor injuries on Wednesday, after a head-on collision between an HGV and a coach.

The accident, around 12-30 p.m., occurred on a devil’s elbow-type bend, near the Moorcock Inn between Blacko and Greystone, and left the road closed for four-and-a-half hours.

The coach, travelling in the Gisburn direction, was taking 23 children on a half-term school trip to Waddow Hall when the incident happened.

The driver of the HGV, travelling towards Blacko and from the Leicestershire area, suffered no injuries, but the vehicle’s fuel tank was ruptured on impact, leaving 200 litres of diesel on the road.

Police confirmed that the children and the coach driver had been taken to hospital with minor injuries, but it was a case of the “walking wounded”.

B & N Coaches, from Burnley, confirmed that one of their drivers had suffered minor injuries but was fine.

An Environment Agency officer attended the scene after some of the diesel leaked into a nearby stream. The road was treated for a fuel spillage by Lancashire County Council Highways Department, and there was minor damage to one of the road barriers.