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Injured eight-year-old girl confirmed as cousin of Coventry bus crash victim

Coventry Editorial 5th Oct, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

POLICE have confirmed that a hospitalised eight-year-old girl is the cousin of the Leamington schoolboy who died in the tragic Coventry bus crash.

The girl, who remains in a stable condition at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, received injuries to her face, head and right leg as well as suspected suspected chest, abdominal and pelvic injuries in Saturday’s (October 3) crash, which saw a double-decker bus crash into the Sainsbury’s on the corner of Trinity Street and Hales Street.

The young boy and a Nuneaton woman believed to be in her 70s, who was a pedestrian on Trinity Street, both died at the scene as a result of their injuries.

Previous reports had suggested the boy was eight and the girl was nine.

As well as the above, five other people suffered injuries in the collision and received hospital treatment at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) – a man in his twenties with a broken arm, the bus driver with neck and shoulder injuries, a man with a minor leg injury, a woman in her sixties with leg and arm injuries and a man with a minor injury.

The 17.33 Stagecoach X18 bus crashed into the side of the Sainsbury’s store at around 6pm after colliding with a number of stationary cars and a lamppost.

Three ambulances, two BASICS emergency doctors, a community paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic in a rapid response vehicle, a paramedic area support officer in a rapid response vehicle and a number of vehicles and staff from the Hazardous Area Response Team were all in attendance.

Crews from Coventry Community Fire Station, Foleshill Community Fire Station and the West Midlands Fire Service’s Technical Rescue Unit were also on the scene.

The 77-year-old male bus driver is assisting police with their enquiries into the collision.

Police investigating the fatal collision are now asking for any witnesses who have not yet come forward to contact them.

Officers are aware of a number of people who have spoken about seeing what happened on Saturday night, but have yet to give statements to police.

Inspector Paul Bennett from the force’s collision investigation unit, said: “Investigations are on-going but we are aware of a number of vital witnesses who we are yet to speak to.

“We know there were possibly hundreds of people at the crash scene on Saturday evening and I would urge these people to come forward as soon as possible and give statements.”

Inspector Bennett also urged anyone with images or footage of the scene to contact officers.

He added: “I would like to thank all the people who have already come forward and helped us with our enquiries into this tragic event.”

Anyone who witnessed the collision should call police on 101 quoting log 1017 of 4/10/15.

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