POLICE have interviewed the driver of a school bus which smashed into a Winchester bridge.

A spokesperson confirmed that the man in his 30s from Southampton and has been interviewed under caution.

Three children required surgery for “potentially life-threatening injuries” after the incident in Wellhouse Lane, Headbourne Worthy, involving a double decker Stagecoach bus.

"The bus driver, a man in his 30s from Southampton, has been interviewed under caution in relation to this incident," said the spokesperson.

They confirmed that no one has been charged at this time.

Another 12 pupils, all travelling to Henry Beaufort, suffered minor injuries when the top of the bus was ripped off.

All of those injured were youngsters aged between 11 and 16.

Speaking previously Incident Commander Inspector Andy Tester from the Road Policing Unit said: “There are various systems in the bus that will tell us how fast the bus was going, we believe there was CCTV in the bus that will give us vital information about what happened in the immediate moments before this crash.

“It does show that there must have been quite a significant impact between the bus and the bridge parapet and that has completely removed the roof front to back and that does take a degree of force.”

Inspector Tester said that it “was lucky” that there were no fatalities in the incident.

He added: “For all the emergency services from ambulance and police that turned up initially it was a very difficult scene.”