The family of a nine-year-old boy who fell from a moving coach on the A47 at Tilney All Saints are keeping a vigil by his hospital bedside.
Sebastian Goold, known as Seb, remains in a critical condition in Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, after suffering head and leg injuries following the incident on Sunday.
Police are continuing to investigate how the youngster was able to fall out of the double decker coach as it took a party of young Stamford Rugby team players home from a tournament in Holt.
The youngster’s parents Nick and Tracey Goold, who live in Wansford, near Peterborough, with his twin brother Ben, have thanked well wishers for their support.
In a statement the couple say: “We would like to pass on our gratitude and thanks to friends and associates at Stamford Rugby Club, and to the wider rugby family, for their well wishes and prayers at what is a deeply distressing time.
“We have received further messages of support from lots of other people, wishing Sebastian well, and these too have been gratefully received.
“However our focus, at this time, remains on keeping a vigil at Sebastian’s bedside and we ask that we are left alone to deal with this as a family.”
Sebastian sings in the children’s choir in St Mary’s Church, in Wansford, and attends Stamford Junior School.
Headmistress Emma Smith, said: “Seb is a lovely young man who is always cheerful and kind to others. He enjoys his lessons and all aspects of being at school particularly his sport.
“The whole community is so shocked by this tragic accident and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this very difficult time.”
Sebastian and his father were among 20 children and 10 adults travelling on the coach when the incident happened at 3.45pm. His mother was travelling in a car which was part of the convoy.
The youngster was treated at the scene by critical care paramedic Carl Smith before being taken to Lynn’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He was later transferred to Addenbrooke’s.
Police say people were queuing for toilets immediately before the incident and “somehow” the youngster has fallen out.
The bus has been seized and is being examined by officers from the force and Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.
Police have not released any further information on the results of this examination.
Officers have also spoken to passengers on the bus and drivers who were in the area at the time.