Six children are among nine people being treated at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary this afternoon after a crash between a school bus and a lorry.
The hospital took the majority of casualties after the collision on the A685 at Grayrigg, a small village near Kendal, Cumbria, at 8.25am.
Police said the lorry driver, aged 44 and from Kendal, was airlifted to the Royal Preston Hospital with serious head, arm and neck injuries after firefighters freed him from his cabin.
His condition, although serious, is not thought to be life-threatening, Cumbria Police said.
The bus driver, a 47-year-old man from Kendal, was arrested on suspicion of driving his vehicle dangerously.
It was carrying 24 children aged 11 to 18 and four adults.
A spokesman for North West Ambulance Service said those being treated at the RLI included one adult with a head injury, another with rib injuries and another with neck pain.
He said the six children had suffered ‘minor injuries’ in the accident.
The four adult passengers were a man aged 61 from Devon, a woman aged 44 from Tebay, a 23-year-old woman from Tebay and a woman aged 80 from Shap.
A spokesman for University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the RLI, said the hospital had been prepared for ‘all eventualities’ after the initial report of the crash, but said major incident plans did not need to be used.
The Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and Environment Agency officials are at the scene due to a large diesel spillage from the lorry. Cumbria Police said the road remained closed while collision investigation officers examine the scene.
A spokesman advised motorists to avoid the area and use diversions.
These are via the M6 at junction 38 (Tebay) south to junction 37 (Kendal) and then the A684 into Kendal, or vice-versa.
Non-motorway traffic is being directed along the B6260 from Tebay to Orton, then the B6261 from Orton to Shap Toll Bar and along the A6 to Kendal.
Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Cumbria Police’s roads policing unit on 101.