Humphrey Perkins School pupil in hospital after bus accident in Sileby Road, Barrow
A schoolgirl was taken to hospital after being hurt in an accident with a bus yesterday morning.
The girl, a pupil at Humphrey Perkins School, in Barrow-on-Soar, was knocked over by the school bus in Sileby Road, Barrow, shortly before 8.15am.
She was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary, where it is believed she was treated for a broken collar bone.
Police last night said they were trying to contact the driver and could not confirm whether he knew he had been involved in an accident.
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Leicestershire County Council said the driver worked for one of the local authority's bus contractors.
A Leicestershire Police spokeswoman said: "We were called following the report of a collision in Sileby Road, involving a bus and a pedestrian – a schoolgirl.
"The girl was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary for treatment.
"The driver of the bus did not stay at the scene and officers are carrying out inquiries to find him and would ask anyone with information to come forward."
David Phillips, vice-principal of Rawlins Community College, said the bus was travelling to his school in Quorn when the accident happened.
Mr Phillips said: "We received a message from an administration assistant at the school to say that some of our pupils were walking from Barrow to Quorn and were no longer on the bus following an accident.
"Myself and another member of staff went immediately to Barrow and met them to make sure they were safe and provide any necessary support."
"All of our students were able to arrive at Rawlins safely. I met with Peter Nutkins, head of Humphrey Perkins School, this morning and I'm glad we were both able to attend the incident quickly.
"As soon as I returned I contacted the local authority."
He said their thoughts went to the girl and her family.
One parent, whose son attends the school, said that several children were traumatised after seeing the accident and had been sent home as a result.
Mr Nutkins was unavailable to comment, but a spokeswoman for the council said: "We're aware there has been an accident involving a school bus provided by one of our contractors this morning and are saddened and concerned to hear about the incident.
"Our thoughts are with the pupil and her family and we wish her a speedy recovery.
"It is still early stages but we'll be looking into the circumstances around what happened."