School children praised for their bravery after frightening coach crash
School-children from La Orotava have been praised for their bravery after the brakes on their bus failed and it plummeted 30ft down a ravine.
Their school has co-mmended the way they behaved and says all 16 pupils managed to get out by themselves.
A statement from Leoncio Estévez school in La Florida also refers to the fact that some people on the scene were more bothered by taking videos and pictures on their mobile phones.
However, the school has thanked all those who refrained from doing so and offered their help instead.
A statement read: “As many will know, the Fifth Primary group, accompanied by 17 mothers and their tutor, suffered an accident in the bus that transported them from the Aqualand. It’s been a big scare!”
“All the students left unharmed and by their own foot. Only one mother had to be treated at the Hospital del Norte due to mild contusions.”
“From the centre, we would like to thank in the first place all the people who, instead of recording and taking pictures (as some of them did), helped them get out of there. Also thanks to the staff of the Canary Islands Health Service, Civil Guard, Firemen, Local Police of Icod de los Vinos, who came to the scene and managed to calm the children and their families.”
“Thanks to colleagues from other centres, who contacted us to show their love. Thank you all! The most important thing is that everyone is well and at home. Now it’s time to rest and leave behind this great scare.”
“And finally … congratulate all the students of the group of Fifth of Primary. They are brave!”
The school bus was returning to the north of Tenerife following a visit to the popular aqua park in the south. There were 16 youngsters on board, accompanied by 17 parents and a teacher.
Police said the driver tried to stop the bus against the interior wall of a tunnel just in front of him as the brakes failed on the motorway but he was unable to do so and it skidded to a halt down the ravine in Icod de los Vinos.
Two adults and one child needed medical tremtnet, one of them for an anxiety crisis and the other for back pain.
The incident was attended by four ambulances from the Canary Emergency Service (SUC), a doctor and a nurse from the health centre of Icod de los Vinos, members of the Civil Guard of Traffic of the detachment of Garachico, firemen of Tenerife and agents of the Local Police.