A teacher who was on board a bus which crashed into a bridge at Blakestown Road, injuring several schoolchildren, has hit out at drivers who took photos and videos instead of helping.
Ten of the 36 students from Blakestown Community School in Mulhuddart who were on a school tour were taken to hospital after the accident on Tuesday morning.
They were on their way to visit a local mosque as part of an educational tour when the driver misjudged the height of the overhead bridge at Blakestown Road.
As photographs circulated on social media throughout the day, one of the teachers fumed:
“I’m glad people think it’s funny.
“I was one of the teachers on the bus with 36 kids who were injured and upset, and people were more concerned about taking pictures and videos than helping.”
She continued: “We are all fine, thank God; could have been much worse – a few cuts and bumps on the head but nothing serious.”
The incident comes just days after ghouls shared graphic photographs and videos of a fatal crash on the M50 in which one of the victims suffered catastrophic head injuries.
A member of staff at the school confirmed that a number of children had been taken to hospital as a precaution but their injuries were not thought to be serious.
Cllr Paul Donnelly (SF) said the low bridge was notorious for accidents as he repeated his calls for improved signage to warn drivers.
He said: “This is the same bridge that has had dozens of trucks hit it over the years. I agree that it’s incredible that the drivers of these vehicles can’t see this low bridge … However, I’d rather put another safety measure in place than be proven right that someone is going to crash into it again and possibly lose their life or someone else’s.”
One parent reported that glass shattered over a number of shocked students, and several were left with bloodied mouths. Another eye witness said the children were screaming ”We won’t make it” just moments before impact.
Blanchardstown Gardai are investigating the crash and are appealing for witnesses or passing drivers who may have dash cam footage.
A garda spokesperson said: “A school bus collided with a bridge. A number of schoolchildren (approximately 10) on board were taken to hospital with what is described as minor injuries.”