“It was the most traumatic event – the worst day of our lives”

The parents of a boy who was stuck in a bus crash on a motorway for hours have said they have had the “worst day of their lives”.

Oliver Knott was seriously injured in the crash on the M53 near Hooton on September 29 last year, the Liverpool Echo reports. The 14-year-old required several major surgeries after his leg became trapped in the wreckage.

The vehicle was taking pupils to West Kirby Grammar and Calday Grange Grammar School in Wirral when it crashed. Schoolgirl Jessica Baker, 15, and father-of-two Stephen Shrimpton, who was driving the bus, tragically died.

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Now Oliver’s stepdad Ashley Heritage, 30, and mum Hayley Kelly, 33, both from Chester, have described the shocking moment they received a call from a paramedic to tell them their son was caught in the wreckage. They said it “was the most traumatic event” of their lives.

Ashley said: “We got a call from paramedics at the scene (to say) Oliver was involved in the M53 bus crash. He caught his leg under the front seat of the coach when he collapsed.

“He was stuck in the coach for hours before they (emergency services) could get him out. They took him to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital where he was operated on for ten hours. That’s a lot to go through at that age. It’s been a tough journey.”

Calday Grange pupil Oliver’s leg had been broken in the accident, leaving him in an external brace for six months and having to undergo five major surgeries. Eight months later, Oliver’s leg remains broken.

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