Thursday, 2 December 2021

At least six injured after bus crashes into shop in south London

LONDON

LONDON: At least six people have been injured in a bus crash on a busy high street in south London.

Images showed the double-decker wedged into the side of a shop after mounting the pavement on Lavender Hill, Clapham. A section of the shop’s awning appeared to have pierced the front windows on the bus’s upper deck. A witness said he saw a trapped woman screaming and that there was “a lot of blood”.

Police cordoned off the scene and told commuters to avoid the area after the crash at about 7am on Thursday.

Andrew Matthews, 34, of Wandsworth Town, said he was one of about a dozen passengers on the number 77 bus, which was travelling towards London Waterloo.

He told the Press Association: “I was on the top floor at the back, fortunately. I noticed the bus drifting. I heard a smash and saw the roof of the shop going through [the bus] from the front left. It went to the fourth or fifth row.

“I wedged myself in, bracing myself. As soon as the bus came to a stop there was yelling, screaming. I noticed a lady wedged in the front right-hand side. She was screaming for help. There was a lot of blood.”

An hour and a half after the crash fire crews were still trying to rescue two women from the top deck.

A spokeswoman said: “We were called at 7am to reports of a bus crashed into a shop front. The shop front has collapsed.

“Two female passengers are trapped on the top deck of the bus, crews are working to free them. The passengers are both conscious and breathing.”

The road is currently closed to traffic.

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