By CELESTE NIXON
Tribune Staff Reporter
THREE pupils from Andros were airlifted to hospital in Nassau after a school bus crash.
According to reports the Andros school bus lost control while turning a corner and crashed into nearby bushes.
Three pupils from North Andros High School were injured and subsequently airlifted to Princess Margaret Hospital for treatment.
A school staff member, who wished to remain anonymous, said the children were ‘all right’ and were expected to be released shortly.
In a statement released yesterday the Ministry of Education said students’ safety ‘was a priority’ and an investigation would be launched into the crash, which happened on Thursday.
“In response to the accident involving students from North Andros High School, the Ministry of Education wishes to advise that it takes very seriously the safety and welfare of all students being transferred to and from school by bus contractors,” said the statement.
“Several students were hurt and were transferred to New Providence for observation.
“As a consequence of the accident, the ministry has ordered its own inspectors to visit all islands where bus services are in operation, in order to ensure that buses are roadworthy and safe for transporting students.
“Despite the fact that buses are required by law to be inspected by officers of the Road Traffic Department, the ministry wishes to complement the Road Traffic Department’s inspection with its own inspection team which will report to the minister regularly regarding the safety of the buses.”