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All released from London hospital after coach crash on M25 near Swanley Interchange

By KentOnline reporter

Everyone has been released from hospital after a coach crash - as it's revealed 49 people were injured in the M25 horror.

Ten children are now known to have been hurt in the crash on the M25, near the Swanley Interchange, yesterday afternoon.

Three people suffered serious injuries and were admitted to The Princess Royal University Hospital (PRUH) in Orpington, which declared it a “major incident”.

A baby was also born at the crash scene.

The mother and baby were taken to Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford.

The update comes amid reports screams were heard from the crash site, as good samaritans lifted people from the wreckage.

One man, who didn't want to be named, said he was amazed no-one had died, and described people being carried away covered in blood.

He told how trees broke the fall of the coach, which was left dangling precariously with people underneath.

A spokesman for the Kings Cross NHS Trust said this afternoon: "In total, we treated 38 patients from the incident.

Three were admitted and the others were allowed home yesterday evening. All patients who were admitted have now been discharged."

In a twist of fate, a baby boy was born at the scene.

Kent Police RPU last night announced the news on Twitter.

A Princess Royal University Hospital spokesman earlier spoke about the baby's birth - saying he and his parents were believed to be in good health.

He added: “They were caught up in the traffic and stopped next to the scene for medical help.”

The spokesman also said “life so easily could have been lost” in yesterday’s crash, but instead emergency service workers went home knowing that some good news had come from it."

Emergency service workers recovering the overturned coach
Emergency service workers recovering the overturned coach

Police closed the exit slip road at junction 3 for the M20 on the anti-clockwise carriageway following the crash, which happened at 4pm. The first and second lanes of the main carriageway were also shut.

This morning, the force said no arrests had been made and the cause of the collision was under investigation.

It is believed the coach went over the hard shoulder barrier.

A statement released by South East Coast Ambulance Service, (SECAmb) today thanked its staff and emergency service colleagues for their professionalism and actions in responding to the incident.

It said a number of vehicles were sent by SECAmb, including both of its Hazardous Area Response Teams, critical care paramedics and paramedic practitioners.

The air ambulance service also landed at the incident but wasn't needed to transport patients.

"Our thoughts are with everyone involved and we wish them a good recovery" - Will Bellamy

SECAmb incident commander and operating unit manager Will Bellamy said: “This was obviously a significant incident which drew a lot of crews to the scene.

"Our thoughts are with everyone involved and we wish them a good recovery.

“I was very pleased with the way we responded to the incident and the way we put our well-rehearsed plans into place. I would like to thank every member of staff involved, both in our emergency operations centres and out on the road for their professionalism in providing patients with the treatment they required.

“I’d also like to highlight the good team work between all the emergency services to manage what was, of course, a challenging incident.”

A spokesman for Green's of London coaches said: "We are very shocked and concerned to hear about the incident on the M25 yesterday and we thank the emergency services for their prompt response.

"Green’s of London has been operating since 1980 and we have always maintained an excellent safety record, with no incidents of this kind happening before, so this has been a shock to everyone in the business.

"We are cooperating very closely with the police and emergency services to investigate this matter and ensure it is resolved promptly.”

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