Bus crash horror in east London: Three children and two adults are taken to hospital after double-decker with ‘scared and crying’ school pupils on board smashes into white goods store
- A double decker bus has crashed into a building in east London
- Police were called at around 8.20am to Selwyn Avenue in Highams Park
- London Ambulance Service said medics were treating a number of patients
Three children and two adults have been taken to hospital after a double-decker bus carrying ‘scared and crying’ school pupils crashed into a shop in north-east London.
Police were called at around 8.20am to Selwyn Avenue in Highams Park where the 212 bus – which runs between Chingford and St James Street – had collided with a white goods store.
Medics from the London Ambulance service including a trauma team from the Air Ambulance were assessing and treating 19 patients at the scene, and five people – three children and two adults – were taken to hospital.
The owner of a local café who helped with rescue efforts said a number of schoolchildren were among the injured passengers found ‘scared and crying’ inside the bus.
Eric Garip, 38, said he rushed out of The Corner Café after hearing a ‘big bang’ on the opposite side of the road and began trying to carry people out through the emergency door of the bus.
‘There were a couple of kids on the floor,’ he said. ‘We were trying to take the kids out and they were panicking. I spoke to the driver and said to come out, he said: ”I can’t, I’m stuck”.’
Mr Garip said he believed the driver of the vehicle was eventually rescued by emergency services after becoming ‘squashed’ behind the steering wheel.
Police were called at around 8.20am to Selwyn Avenue in Highams Park where the vehicle had collided with the building
Medics from the London Ambulance service including a trauma team from the Air Ambulance were treating a number of patients at the scene
Emergency services at the scene on The Broadway in Highams Park, east London
Eric Garip, 38, said he rushed out of The Corner Café after hearing a ‘big bang’ on the opposite side of the road and began trying to carry people out through the emergency door of the bus
Mr Garip added: ‘Some parents were in the bus as well, crying. I tried to calm them but it was a big shock. We went upstairs and told the kids to come out but one was on the stairs so (we) were lifting them.
‘It was very bad. They were all scared and crying.’
An LAS spokesman said: ‘We sent a number of resources to the scene of this incident in Highams Park this morning.
‘Working with our emergency service colleagues we treated and assessed 19 people at the scene. Of those 19, we took five people to hospital: three children and two adults.’
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said his thoughts were with those affected by the ‘terrible’ incident.
Emergency services at the scene on The Broadway in Highams Park, east London, where a number of people are being treated by paramedics
A number of people are being treated by paramedics from the London Ambulance Service after a bus collided with a building
He tweeted: ‘I’ve received reports this morning of a bus crashing into a building in Highams Park in Waltham Forest. Emergency services are currently on the scene-we will share more information as soon as we have it. My thoughts are with everyone affected by this terrible incident.’
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police said: ‘At approximately 8.20am on Tuesday January 25 police were called to reports of a bus in collision with a shop in Selwyn Avenue, E4.
‘Officers and London Ambulance Service are on scene.
‘A number of people have reported suffering injuries and are being treated at the scene.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said his thoughts were with those affected by the ‘terrible’ incident
Police were called at around 8.20am to Highams Park where a double decker bus had collided with the building (pictured: The Broadway, Highams Park)
‘Road closures remain in place around the junction of Selwyn Avenue and Winchester Road.
‘Inquiries into the circumstances remain ongoing.’
The LAS said on Twitter: ‘We are on-scene and are treating a number of patients at an incident on The Broadway in Highams Park, E4, where a bus has collided with a building.
‘Crews are working closely with partner agencies and we will share more information when we can.’
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