Fifteen schoolchildren and their bus driver were injured this afternoon after their Ford Transit van was involved in a traffic accident in Burmarrad this afternoon.

The accident happened at around 2.30pm on Burmarrad's main road, police said. 

The children, aged between 5 and 15, attend Santa Monica school in Birkirkara.

Their minivan, which was being driven by a 63-year-old man from Mgarr, was involved in a collision with a car that was being driven by a 24-year-old man from Qormi.

Two seven-year-old children suffered grievous injuries, the rest slight.

Parts of Triq Burmarrad were temporarily closed following the incident. N

Photo: Chris Sant FournierPhoto: Chris Sant Fournier