Ireland Irish schoolgirl who wants to be paramedic rescued kids in Caherconlish, Limerick bus crash

11:27  09 february  2018
11:27  09 february  2018 Source:   msn.com

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A LIMERICK teenager who risked her own safety to help rescue younger children after their school bus crashed into a field said the dramatic incident has inspired her to one day become a paramedic . Aislinn Merrick and Luke O’Dea, both from Caherconlish

The crash happened outside the village of Caherconlish shortly before 8.30 am . Reaction of Christy Cunningham who lives near scene of Limerick school bus crash pic.twitter.com/tO3k6yqFUA.

School bus hero Aislinn Merrick, 18, from Caherconlish, Co Limerick © Irish Mirror School bus hero Aislinn Merrick, 18, from Caherconlish, Co Limerick

A schoolgirl who wants to be a paramedic told yesterday how she rescued kids in a bus crash.

Aislinn Merrick and Luke O’Dea were travelling to school on Wednesday morning when the vehicle collided with a car and left the road.

It came to a halt on its side in a field and the pair remained inside the wreckage to make sure their fellow students got out first.

Leaving Cert student Aislinn said it was “a miracle” everyone on the bus escaped with their lives.

Speaking at home in Caherconlish, Co Limerick, yesterday, the 18-year-old told how she heard a “bang”, and passengers started “screaming”.

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The Irish Sun, A News Ireland Company. The incident, which sparked a major emergency services response, occurred on the R513 between Caherconlish and Herbertstown, Co Limerick , around 8.30 am this morning. Dramatic picture of the bus after the crash on its side in the ditch.

The bus crash near Caherconlish in Co Limerick . Photograph Press 22. ‘They are fine thank God,’ said Noreen Rafferty, principal of the school in the village of Hospital, who was speaking this Thursday morning. She added: ‘A good few kids that were in the crash came in the bus this morning.

She added younger students were frozen with fear that the bus might have caught fire.

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Moments before it crashed into the field, Aislinn said she “heard what sounded like branches coming against the bus”. She added: “There was a huge bang, then there were telephone cables along the window.

“No one had any time to react. It just happened so quick.

“Everyone was disorientated and then [the bus] went straight into the ditch and toppled over.

a dirt road: Credits: Niall Carson/PA Wire © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Niall Carson/PA Wire “It was just chaos. It was bad. There was people screaming, but we managed to get everyone out.

“Some people were falling. A few people landed on top of each other. It was lucky no one got thrown out of the windows.”

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THIS morning's school bus crash on a road in Co. Limerick has The incident occurred at around 8.30 am on the R513 outside the village of Caherconlish , and resulted in the bus entering a ditch Limerick Fire and Rescue service has confirmed that all of the pupils who were on board the bus

A school bus carrying students has crashed in the Republic of Ireland. The crash happened when the bus collided with a car at Caherconlish , close to Limerick , at about 08:30 GMT on Wednesday morning.

“There was a few students that were so scared they couldn’t move. We had to get them out. I helped get them out through the shattered window.”

Aislinn said others managed to get out via a skylight window that was also smashed in the impact.

The brave student, who was the eldest passenger on board, was the last to leave.

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She said: “The bus driver was still there but we couldn’t move him.

“Luke was checking on the driver and said an ambulance had been called. It was a gift to have mobile phones with us because we were able to contact our parents as fast as possible.”

Aislinn, who was “lucky” to escape with only a few scratches, said: “I wasn’t expecting to get out of it [alive] to be honest. It was actually a miracle.” Despite her ordeal, Aislinn returned to school by bus on Thursday.

She said: “It was fine, up until we got to where the bus crashed, and then it was a bit scary – I was holding onto the seats a bit tighter.”

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Aislinn’s younger brother Timmy, 14, would have been on the bus on the day of the crash but was off school sick.

a person in a yellow car parked on the side of a road © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc

He said: “It’s great that nothing [serious] happened to Aislinn or anyone else. A lot of my pals were on the bus. They were saying it was really frightening.”

Aislinn’s dad John Merrick was working on the family farm about two miles from the crash scene when the accident happened.

a group of people riding on the back of a truck © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc He said: “I’m very proud of Aislinn. When she rang me I got pretty emotional very fast. I could have lost a daughter. I think it was a miracle.”

Principal of John the Baptist School in Hospital, Noreen Rafferty, said all the students on the bus were “heroes”.

She added: “Someone up there was praying for us.”

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