Sky News Monday 23rd Of May, 2005 FIVE SCHOOLGIRLS KILLED
Five teenage girls have been killed and 46 people injured after a school bus overturned.
The bus was taking 51 youngsters home from secondary schools in Navan, County Meath, Ireland, when the crash happened in Kentstown.
President Mary McAleese and Taoiseach Bertie Ahern have spoken of their shock, and passed on their sympathies to the families of the victims.
A Garda spokesman confirmed that the five dead were pupils at the Loretto Convent School in Navan.
Six other children were in a critical condition in hospital.
He said students from the Mercy Convent, Beaufort College and St Patrick’s Classical School were also on the bus.
The bus was thrown on to its side after a crash involving two other vehicles on the road between Navan and Duleek.
A spokeswoman for Bus Eireann, the bus operator, said an investigation was underway but it was too early to say what caused the accident.
The bus was not fitted with seatbelts.
Father David O’Hanlon, a Catholic Curate in Kentstown, said distraught families had flocked to the crash scene.
“People are very shocked – they have been saying very little,” he said.
He said many children waited for up to an hour to be freed from the wreckage.
Irish Premier Bertie Ahern said: “It’s a huge tragedy, an enormous shock to the whole country,” he said. “Obviously we send our sympathies and commiserate with the families of those who have been bereaved.”
Transport Minister Martin Cullen has cancelled his attendance at a conference in Moscow and will be returning home immediately.
ya she could have been on a holiday in Ireland. she could have met up with the Sky News Ireland camera crew. although Michelle Clifford is an excellent corespondant I would have hoped that that Sky would have let their top class Sky News Ireland corespondant’s Brian Daly & Ray Kennedy deal with the story. they need to give them a chance. i don’t understand why Gary Honeford had to travel 100 miles to Kentstown when Ray or Brian were just 24 miles away in Dublin. And I dont understand why Gary had to travel 80 miles to Drogheda when SNI were just 30 miles away. All the same the coverage has been top-class