Monday 23 October 2017

Double-decker bus smashes into tree in London suburb

Police, ambulance and fire crews are on the scene of a bus crash in Kennington Road, south London in which a number of people have been injured, a police sergeant at the scene has confirmed.

A man with a bloodied head was seen being put on to an ambulance and emergency crews were using a cherry picker to gain access to the back of the bus.

When asked how many people had been hurt, a police sergeant said "a lot". It is not known if anyone has died.

The front of the bus, a number 59 heading to King's Cross, was crumpled against a tree near the Ship pub on Kennington Road.

Fire crews used ladders to remove people and seats from the top of the back of the bus. One onlooker said the driver was trapped inside.

Two people are believed to be trapped and around a dozen injured, London Fire Brigade said.

Police, ambulance and fire crews are on the scene of a bus crash in Kennington Road, south London in which a number of people have been injured: James Edgar/PA Wire
Police, ambulance and fire crews are on the scene of a bus crash in Kennington Road, south London in which a number of people have been injured: James Edgar/PA Wire

A spokesman said: "Firefighters are attending a double decker bus that's crashed into a tree on Kennington Road, Kennington.

"Around a dozen people are believed to have been injured and firefighters are working to release two people who are believed to be trapped.

"Four fire engines are on the scene from Soho, Westminster, and Lambeth fire stations. London Ambulance Service, the air ambulance, and the Metropolitan police are also at the scene."

Firefighters were called out at 10.52am and four engines were rushed to the scene.

There were no updates on injuries from police and the London Ambulance Service (LAS), who also both attended.

An LAS spokesman said: "We were called at 10.50am to reports of a road traffic accident involving a bus and a tree. We have a number of staff at the scene. A single vehicle responded, an ambulance and a London air ambulance remain at the scene."

One witness said the bus swerved to avoid an emergency vehicle before hitting the tree.

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