Coach crash update

3 September 2007

5.30pm: Emergency services are still at the scene of a coach crash at the Newport Pagnell Service Area on the southbound M1 between junctions 15 and 14.

Thames Valley Police say it appears that, shortly after 4pm, the National Express coach clipped a kerb and rolled on to its side.

National Express say there were 33 people on board. A number have been taken to hospitals in Milton Keynes, Northampton and Oxford.

Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service released the driver, who was trapped in the vehicle, and have also dealt with a fuel spill from the coach. A total of 29 other people have been reported injured.

The single-decker coach was travelling from Birmingham to Luton Airport and then Stansted Airport. It had recently stopped at Coventry.

A casualty bureau, for those who are concerned a relative or friend was on board, has been opened. The numbers are 0800 056 0146 or from outside the UK +44 20 7158 0198.

The M1 is still running smoothly, though there is no access to the services itself.

Further updates will be provided when the information is available.

Original report

6.30pm update