15 hurt in school minibus crash

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A TEENAGER was flown to hospital with serious head injuries yesterday after a school minibus overturned in a collision with a car on the Newbury bypass.

Two teachers and 12 children aged 15 to 18 were also hurt. Ambulance crews who took them to North Hampshire Hospital at Basingstoke said they were "walking wounded" .

The crash was at the Tothill roundabout on the northbound carriageway, near Burghclere, on the Hampshire/Berkshire border. A police helicopter took the youth to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. Five other vehicles crashed amid the debris on the carriageway.

The minibus was from a school in the Midlands. The woman driver of the other car, a Rover Metro, was unhurt.

The carriageway was closed for almost an hour while the wreckage was cleared, causing massive tailbacks.

n The boy of nine who escaped with minor injuries in a crash that killed his father, mother and teenage sister on Sunday was named yesterday as Mark Thompson. His father Philip Thompson, 41, mother Carol, 42, and sister Jayne, 14, died when their Land Rover Discovery collided with a lorry near Swallow, north Lincolnshire.