Police, ambulance and fire crews rushed to the scene of a double-decker bus crash in Kennington Road, south London, in which a number of people were injured.
A tree became embedded in the front of the bus yesterday and emergency services had to use specialist equipment to access one side of the vehicle. Two passengers, including a 19-year-old woman, are in a critical condition.
The double-decker was travelling to King's Cross in central London when it "swerved to avoid another vehicle and struck a tree" at around 10.50am, Transport for London's director for buses Mike Weston said.
London Fire Brigade's Clive Robinson said the crash was "nasty" and crews worked in "challenging circumstances" to get the passengers off the bus.
London Ambulance Service said they treated 32 patients who were sent to three London hospitals. Twenty-five, it said, were walking wounded with cuts and bruises. Five suffered more serious injuries, such as head and leg injuries.
Two further patients -- a man and a woman who were trapped in the bus -- suffered serious leg injuries.
Mr Robinson said: "We used ladders to get some of the people out and in the case of the final two passengers trapped on the top deck, crews had to shore up the upper floor, which had started to collapse, before using specialist cutting gear to release them."
LAS duty station officer Lee Hyett-Powell said: "We worked with the fire brigade to get to the two patients who were trapped on the upper deck. They had suffered the most serious injuries and were trapped on the bus for around two hours." (© Independent News Service)