The A367 has been closed in both directions near Dunkerton, just south of Bath, following a serious collision involving a minibus, which was carrying pupils from St Gregory’s School.
Avon and Somerset Police confirmed that they were called to reports of a collision at 3.20pm this afternoon on the A367 at Dunkerton, where a minibus had left the road and collided with a tree.
The driver of the minibus, which was carrying pupils from St Gregory’s School in Bath, suffered an ‘unforeseeable medical episode’ which caused the vehicle to leave the road.
In a statement, police said: “All injured parties & their families are being supported by the Avon & Somerset Police, St Gregory’s School and Bath & North East Somerset Council.”
Avon Fire & Rescue were called at 3.26pm, and sent three crews from Bath’s Fire Station.
Firefighters used hydraulic cutting equipment to rescue five people who were trapped, with the help of ambulance crews.
South Western Ambulance Service told the Bath Echo that they sent three rapid response vehicles, four ambulances, the Great Western Air Ambulance, one hazardous area response team of six specialist paramedics, two critical care teams, and one operations officer.
There were four patients. The driver of the minibus was taken by land ambulance to Southmead Hospital in a serious condition.
A female patient was also taken by land ambulance to hospital with suspected arm and wrist injuries.
Two females were transported to the Royal United Hospital in Bath for further assessment by doctors.
The road was closed between the B3115 at Camerton and the Old Fosse Road in Odd Down.
One lane of the road was blocked by the collision, while all three emergency services worked at the scene.