Three children required surgery for “potentially life-changing injuries” after a double-decker school bus crashed into a railway bridge.

The top of the bus was ripped almost completely off when the vehicle hit the bridge in Wellhouse Lane, Winchester, on Thursday.

The bus had been taking children aged 11 to 16 to Henry Beaufort School in the Hampshire city when the accident occurred.

A Hampshire police spokesman said: “Three children received potentially life-changing injuries that required surgery.”

Basingstoke Gazette:

Officers are appealing for witnesses but have urged the public not to speculate on social media. 

Another 12 children were treated for minor injuries at the scene and 57 were unhurt.

Detective Constable Cate Paling, senior investigating officer, said: “This was a serious collision and our investigation will look to identify the exact circumstances.

“We have been working closely with the school and Hampshire County Council to provide support to the students and their parents. We thank everyone for their co-operation.

“We ask members of the public not to speculate about the incident on social media.”