London bus crashes into Lavender Hill high street shops in rush hour, trapping passengers

London bus crashes into Lavender Hill high street shops in rush hour, trapping passengersTwo women were trapped on a bus, which crashed into shops on a busy Battersea high street during rush hour. They have now been rescued. The driver has been taken to hospital and a number of passengers were treated at the scene. Witness Matthew Corner‏ tweeted: "Bus crash on Lavender Hill looked awful. Hoping no one is badly hurt. Emergency services doing an excellent job. Lavender Hill." Two fire engines and three fire rescue units were sent to the scene. We have a number of ambulance crews and @LAS_HART on scene at the incident in #LavenderHill. More information will follow. https://t.co/he1oXNomyr— London Ambulance (@Ldn_Ambulance) August 10, 2017 Police were called just before 7am to reports of a bus hitting a building in Lavender Hill, near Clapham Junction train station in south-west London. Two passengers were rescued after being trapped on the upper deck of a bus after it smashed into a shop in a busy London high street. A total of nine people suffered minor injuries when the bus hit the building in Lavender Hill, near Clapham Junction railway station in south-west London shortly before 7am on Thursday. The bus involved was the number 77 travelling towards London Waterloo. We have now treated 10 patients following incident in #LavenderHill. Three patients have been taken to hospital for further treatment. https://t.co/yCGkMbZA9T— London Ambulance (@Ldn_Ambulance) August 10, 2017 Andrew Matthews, 34, of Wandsworth Town, said he was one of around a dozen passengers on the bus. 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." Witnesses reported seeing smoke coming from under the bus. Solange Morin, 33, lives close to the scene and was hoping to catch the bus before she saw it crash. She said: "I saw this woman (in the bus) shouting and banging on the glass. Officers are at the scene of a collision involving a bus on Lavender Hill in #Wandsworth – a number of passengers have been treated by LAS.— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) August 10, 2017 "Everybody shouted 'fire, fire'. "I went on to the bus. I talked to her and was holding her hands. "She was pinned. I wouldn't have been able to get her out. "She was so scared because people were shouting fire. There was a lot of smoke." Photos on social media show the vehicle on the pavement and smashed into the front of the Poggen Pohl Kitchen Design Centre. Poggenpohl UK managing director Simon Richmond said: "We are relieved that no one from our team was injured as the showroom had not yet opened for the day, but our thoughts are with the driver and passengers on the bus as we understand there have been casualties." He added that he hoped business would return to normal soon, but that the showroom had been severely damaged. Bus crash witness feared building would collapse 00:00 Witness Maude Grant tweeted: "Looks like they are still trying to get people off the bus on #lavenderhill!!!!" Another wrote of how he avoided the train due to the Waterloo upgrade, and got the bus instead – ending up at the scene of the crash. He tweeted: "Avoid the they said. Get a bus instead. OK, off to Clapham we go….. To see a bus ploughed a shop in Lavender Hill." Glass lies shattered across the ground and paramedics can be seen tending to people on the top deck. London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service and the Metropolitan Police are in attendance. London Fire Bridgade tweeted: 'Two fire engines and three fire rescue units are at the scene of a bus which has crashed into a shop in Lavender Hill in Battersea.'  Tony Akers, TfL's Head of Bus Operations, said: "At around 7am‎ this morning, a route 77 double-decker bus collided with a building in Lavender Hill. The driver and one passenger have been taken to hospital, while a number of passengers were treated at the scene. Our thoughts go to everyone involved. “Emergency services and our staff remain on the scene and a full investigation is already underway.” Wandsworth Police tweeted: "Avoid Lavender Hill #SW11 Bus has gone into a building. We have no further at this time." AVOID. LAVENDER HILL! Looks very SERIOUS. �� pic.twitter.com/lXl7qRJ0zt— Richie Bear (@flaneurbear) August 10, 2017 The Metropolitan Police said in a statement: "Police were called at approximately 06:55hrs on Thursday, 10 August to reports of a bus in collision with a building on Lavender Hill at the junction with Haltenburg Gardens, SW11. "Officers, the London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service are in attendance. "The driver has been taken to a south London hospital. A number of passengers were treated by LAS at the scene. "Two passengers remain trapped on the upper deck. "The road is currently closed to traffic."


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