Up to twenty students have been rushed to hospital in Limerick after a crash between a school bus and a car.
The incident occurred in the townland of Caherconlish known as Connelly’s Cross.
Around 46 students were on their way to a local secondary school in area when the crash happened at around 8.30am.
Several units of the Limerick city and council fire brigade are at the scene and a fleet of ambulances are on stand-by.
At least 20 people – 18 minors and two adults – have been taken to hospital, while others are being assessed by paramedics at the scene in a nearby disused filling station.
It is not known at this stage if there are any serious injuries as a result of the crash, but it is understood no one is believed to have sustained life-threatening injuries.
A Medivac helicopter is also on standby.
The school bus overturned into a ditch as a result of the crash.
Students, aged 13-18 were en-route to John the Baptist Community School in the village of Hospital.
Principal of the school, Ita Browne, told the Limerick leader that students brought to hospital were understood not to be seriously injured.