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Russell Square bus crash: Roof ripped off London tourist bus after it hits a tree

Michael Segalov

Published 03/08/2015 | 16:14

Bus crash on Russell Square, London (Photo: Twitter/@chromanris)
Bus crash on Russell Square, London (Photo: Twitter/@chromanris)
Emergency services attend the scene after a double decker bus had its roof ripped off when it crashed into a tree in Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, central London. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Emergency services attend the scene after a double decker bus had its roof ripped off when it crashed into a tree in Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, central London. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Emergency services attend the scene after a double decker bus had its roof ripped off when it crashed into a tree in Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, central London. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Emergency services attend the scene after a double decker bus had its roof ripped off when it crashed into a tree in Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, central London. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Emergency services attend the scene after a double decker bus had its roof ripped off when it crashed into a tree in Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, central London. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Emergency services attend the scene after a double decker bus had its roof ripped off when it crashed into a tree in Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, central London. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Emergency services attend the scene after a double decker bus had its roof ripped off when it crashed into a tree in Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, central London. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Emergency services attend the scene after a double decker bus had its roof ripped off when it crashed into a tree in Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, central London. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

The roof of a busy London tour bus has been ripped off after hitting a tree in the capital.

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A tour of London's finest attractions ground to a halt unexpectedly, when the already partly open-top bus lost its roof after making contact with a tree in Bloomsbury.

Initial reports indicate that four passengers have been taken to hospital, with others receiving treatment for minor injuries close to the site.

It is not yet known if there were any Irish people on the bus.

Emergency services attend the scene after a double decker bus had its roof ripped off when it crashed into a tree in Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, central London. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Emergency services attend the scene after a double decker bus had its roof ripped off when it crashed into a tree in Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, central London. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

It is believed the passengers had been part of a large group of Canadians visiting London for a wedding on Saturday. 

Joseph Whelan was on the bus with his wife and two children. "It was like a bomb going off," he told the Press Association.

Emergency services attend the scene after a double decker bus had its roof ripped off when it crashed into a tree in Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, central London. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Emergency services attend the scene after a double decker bus had its roof ripped off when it crashed into a tree in Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, central London. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Mr Whelan, from Canada, said he was among the group of Canadians who were in the UK for the wedding. He said the bride was also on the bus and had been taken to hospital.

He described the immediate aftermath as "total chaos" and said there was "blood all over the floor".

Emergency services attend the scene after a double decker bus had its roof ripped off when it crashed into a tree in Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, central London. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Emergency services attend the scene after a double decker bus had its roof ripped off when it crashed into a tree in Woburn Place, Bloomsbury, central London. Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

A spokesperson for London Fire Brigade told Independent.ie that emergency crews were not aware of the nationalities on board the bus.

They confirmed that fire crews received a call at 1.12pm today and three units were sent to the site of the incident.

Speaking to The Independent, bus operator Golden Tours said: "We are aware about the incident at Russell square and our entire management is on site at the moment.

"We are trying to assess the situation and gather all the facts before we can come up with a statement. Our main priority is the well being of our client’s who were on the bus."

(© Independent News Service)

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