Pupils at a north-east school suffered minor injuries after their bus left the road in a crash.
The Turriff Academy youngsters were involved in the incident on the B9170 Turriff to Cuminestown road, at the Delgaty Woods turn-off, shortly after 8.40am yesterday.
A local doctor was one of the first people on the scene and treated the children and driver, who sustained only scratches and bruises.
A spokeswoman for Aberdeenshire Council said: “A school bus transporting pupils to Turriff Academy went off the road. The police were called and pupils were assessed at the scene by doctors. Thankfully the majority of pupils were not injured.
“A number of pupils were taken to their homes by parents and carers. Some of them subsequently returned to school. Turriff Academy has made the parents of all pupils travelling on the bus aware of the accident. The parents will also receive a letter informing them of the next steps and support available.”
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A police spokeswoman said: “There were a few minor injuries but it appears that no one was taken to hospital. The road was closed from 9.50am until the early afternoon to allow for the vehicle to be recovered.”
Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin said that the accident showed the importance of road safety, as well as the use of a seat belt – something that she has campaigned for.
She said: “What happened is a stark reminder that we must encourage all pupils to make sure they are wearing their seat belts, which could help protect them in the unlikely event an accident occurs.”