School bus struck by stolen car

Car Crash


Three males have been arrested after a stolen vehicle went through a red traffic light and crashed into a coach full of schoolchildren.


A BMW, which had been reported stolen in Southampton days earlier was being followed by an unmarked police car, was  in collision with a queue of vehicles at temporary traffic lights at around 3.45pm on Wednesday 9 October

Five people appeared to be travelling in the BMW at the time of the collision. Three of them, a 16-year-old boy, a 19-year-old man and a 21-year-old man, all from the Southampton area, were arrested at the scene on suspicion of the aggravated taking of a vehicle. They received medical attention for injuries, which are not life-threatening.

“Two other people were seen to leave the BMW after the collision.  Police are still trying to trace them.

An unmarked police car, which had been pursuing the BMW, was also involved in the collision. Two  police constables, both men, were travelling in the unmarked police car. The officers were not injured.

The coach that was struck by the stolen car was carrying pupils from Kings’ School Winchester but no children were hurt

A section of the main road at Eastleigh was closed for approximately an hour after the collision to allow for an examination of the scene for evidence and huge tailbacks formed around Fair Oak and Eastleigh during the rush hour.

Witnesses or anyone with information can contact the Roads Policing Unit at Totton Police Station by phoning 101. The Mini-com number, which is used by deaf and hard of hearing callers, has changed to Minicom Text Relay 18001 101. Alternatively, call the independent Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111 if you wish to remain anonymous.