THE M53 is closed in both directions between J5 (Hooton) and J4 (Bebington) due to an overturned coach.

The incident occurred shortly after 8am this morning.

Emergency services are on scene along with North West Air Ambulance Services.

According to reports on social media 'lots of people' are hurt. 

Calday Grange Grammar school has confirmed that the overturned bus was carrying their students.

'A number of casualties'

A spokesperson for Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service said: "Fire crews have been called to the scene of a road traffic collision between junctions 5 and 4 of the M53 on the northbound carriageway this morning.

"Two fire engines and the Search and Rescue Team are in attendance. Crews were alerted at 8.05am and on scene at 8.16am. Crews arrived at the scene to find an overturned bus with a number of casualties.

"North West Ambulance and Merseyside Police are also in attendance. The incident is ongoing and the carriageway will remain closed for some time."