Bus disaster kills boy

first_imgAn eleven-year-old girl saw her thirteen-year-old brother killed on Monday, when their school bus collided with a tractor. Tomas Ryan-Vig from Bicester, ten miles north of Oxford, was among 38 pupils travelling home in a convoy of two coaches. Paramedics described the scene at a sharp bend near Bicester as “devastation – it was carnage. There were children lying all over the place and they were very distressed.” They claimed it was a “miracle” that injuries were not more severe. There was an attempt to resuscitate the boy but he was prounced dead at the scene. One other student had to be airlifted to hospital and 21 more slightly injured pupils were treated at the John Radcliffe in Oxford. The tractor and the bus drivers were unharmed. Kate Harper, Tomas’ former headteacher at St Mary’s RC primary school, which his sister still attends, said, he was a “very able, sporty boy with a very special sense of humour.” The Blessed George Napier School, where Tomas was at school, has held a special assembley as a mark of respect and to help surving pupils come to terms with what happened. Some pupils are currently sitting their GCSEs. The school has written to the exam board asking them to take the crash into account.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2004last_img read more