TWO people were killed and three critically injured as a school bus overturned in northern England this morning.
An estimated 35 people were also hurt as the 49-seater collided with a Honda car on the A66 in Cumbria.
Rescue helicopters ferried the injured to the hospital while emergency crews battled to free passengers trapped inside the mangled bus.
The busy highway, one of the main roads through Britain’s Lake District, was closed in both directions in the wake of the 3:45pm (local time) collision.
Local reports suggested the bus may have swerved to avoid one vehicle, hitting another as a result and flipping on to its side.
A spokesman for Cumbria Police confirmed that two people were killed, several more were in critical condition and that 35 others were “walking wounded.”
Medics were treating victims for spinal injuries, fractures, cuts and bruises, Sky News said.
Rescuers have not confirmed whether any schoolchildren, who were being driven home from classes when the accident happened, were among those killed.