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M5 Coach Crash In Gloucestershire Leads To Lucky Escape For 53 Passengers (VIDEO)

19/08/2014 11:36 BST | Updated 19/08/2014 14:59 BST

A trip to the seaside for a group of children could have turned into a tragedy when a coach crashed and overturned on a motorway.

The youngsters and accompanying adults were on their way to the Somerset resort of Weston super Mare for the day when their coach crashed on the southbound carriageway of the M5 in Gloucestershire today.

Six people - one child and five adults - suffered minor injuries during the incident between Junctions 13 and 14, near Dursley.

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Passengers were on a day trip to Weston-super-Mare from the West Midlands

The South West Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust described the casualties as "walking wounded", with the driver of the coach suffering a back injury.

The child was taken to Bristol Children's Hospital while the adults were transported to Southmead Hospital.

The group had been picked up from a children's centre in West Bromwich, West Midlands, and were due to spend the day at the seaside.

Police said the vehicle, from Stourbridge-based Prospect Coaches Ltd, left the carriageway and overturned in a ditch.

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Gloucestershire Police said 53 passengers were on board when the accident happened.

"Police were called shortly before 10am after a southbound coach left the M5, overturned and landed in a ditch at J13," a force spokesman said.

"Fifty-four people, believed to be of various ages, were on board, including the driver. Transport is being laid on to convey the passengers from the scene."