Pupils sue over crash

Mearns children injured in a school bus crash are suing the operating company for damages.

The youngsters have launched legal action against bus company Stagecoach Bluebird.

They required treatment in hospital after suffering serious injuries in a crash in October 2010.

It is understood that they are each seeking a five-figure sum in damages.

Fifty pupils were on their way home from Mearns Academy to the St Cyrus area when their double-decker bus toppled into a field on the Garvock Hill.

The three children were all taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary for treatment.

One suffered a broken collar bone and bruising in the crash and another suffered a broken shoulder bone and elbow lacerations.

The third suffered internal bruising.

A case has been lodged at the Court of Session by Thompson’s Solicitors on their behalf.

Solicitor Syd Smith confirmed they would be seeking damages.

He said: “Initial court action has been raised in the Court of Session.

“All three will be seeking compensation for injuries caused by the crash.”

The crash happened as the bus left the B9120 Laurencekirk to St Cyrus road in poor weather and landed in a field.

Since the incident, Stagecoach has agreed to only use singler decker buses on the route.

All pupils are also now instructed to wear their seatbelts and bus staff are also made aware of any severe weather warnings before travelling.

Stagecoach East Scotland were unable to comment on the case.