AT LEAST 15 people have been injured in a 'multi-vehicle collision' in Co. Limerick involving a school bus with around 60 children onboard.
It is understood that the bus and at least one other vehicle were involved in the incident, which occurred at around 8.30am outside Caherconlish on the Herbertstown Road in Connellys Cross.
An air ambulance is at the scene and 15 people have been removed in ambulances with various levels of injuries, according to the Limerick Leader.
The first 999 call reporting the incident was made at 8.40am.
Pictures emerging from the scene show that the bus crashed into a ditch by the side of the road and is on its side.
It is believed that some 58 children were on the bus at the time of the collision.
BREAKING NEWS - Emergency services are at scene of Limerick school bus collision involving 60 kids. Its understood 15 people have been injured and removed to hospital. pic.twitter.com/ecJN4IUi8s
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It’s unclear whether there have been any serious injuries but the majority of the injured are believed to be 'walking wounded.'
Those removed by ambulance have been rushed to University Hospital Limerick.
The driver of another vehicle involved is being cut from wreckage by emergency service personnel.
Four units attached to Limerick City and County Fire and Rescue Service remain at the scene.
Limerick City and County Council tweeted that the “R513 between Herbertstown and Caherline is closed until further notice due to a multi-vehicle crash."
Local diversions are in place and gardaí are appealing for witnesses.