Coach Crash Leaves School Girl Dead

Under normal circumstances, a trip to a theme park would be an exciting and happy day for a coach full of students. But when the teenagers left school for a trip yesterday, it ended in tragedy.

Lanark Grammar School in South Lanarkshire arranged a trip to Alton Towers, which was attended by 39 pupils and 5 members of staff. On the way to the theme park in Staffordshire, the coach they were travelling in plunged from a bridge near Biggar on the A73. Now questions are being raised about why the trip was allowed to go ahead in such severe weather conditions, which were the cause of the crash.

A 17 year old girl called Natasha Paton was killed in the accident, and 5 other people are still in hospital. Today the other pupils are being offered counselling to cope with the tragic loss of Natasha; many are traumatised from the incident and still in a state of shock. Her parents have released a statement declaring that she will be “missed by all who knew her”. She was described as “popular” with many friends, and tributes to her are already pouring in on her Bebo page.

It is thought that the coach got into trouble when it lost control approaching a sharp bend, causing it to skid off the road into the river 10 feet below. It crashed through the wall of the bridge, and the only way that the emergency services could rescue the passengers was by pulling them through the sun roof. Natasha is thought to have been thrown from the coach during the crash, then trapped beneath it.

Police have said that it was likely the snow covering the area had something to do with the accident. One mother of a pupil banned her son from travelling that day due to the treacherous weather conditions, and now, along with the rest of the parents, is wondering why the trip was allowed to go ahead at all.

Our White City escorts know the hazards of travelling in bad weather, and always take the necessary precautions to keep themselves safe. Our team of professional drivers always assess the situation and leave enough time to take the girls to their bookings without putting anyone at risk.

An investigation is under way, but due to the snow it is unlikely that too much blame will be placed on the coach driver. This tragedy will likely make other drivers more cautious in future.