Commenting on this morning’s incident in Rhoose, Andrew RT Davies AM, said:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the terrible incident this morning outside Rhoose Primary School.
“The top priority is that those affected are receiving the medical attention they need and I am working closely with the local authorities in response to this morning’s major accident.
“In the fullness of time, questions will need to be answered as to whether the traffic calming measures in place in Rhoose are adequate, but right now, the main concern is making sure the adults and children are getting the treatment they need.
“I commend the professionalism and dedication of the emergency services on their rapid response.”
Alun Cairns, Vale of Glamorgan MP, has issued the following statement:
“My heart goes out to all those affected by today’s terrible accident, where five children and four adults have been injured.
“Thankfully, there were no tragedies, although there are significant injuries and the casualties are being treated at the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend and at the University Hospital in Cardiff.
“Rhoose is a close community and the school is central to village life. Everyone involved, including the driver is local and this incident will have widespread affect on everyone in the area.
“Although the road can be busy, there are effective traffic calming measures along the highway. There is also a 20 mile per hour limit around the school. The incident is being treated as an accident and there is no suggestion of any malicious intent.
“I am in the process of contacting all the families affected and have been in touch with the school. Many parents have collected their children. This will naturally be traumatic to everyone associated with the school and village.
“I pay tribute to the police, ambulance and fire services and to the hospitals for the way they have worked so efficiently in support of the community.”