Published On: Thu, Aug 10th, 2017

BREAKING: Bus crash in Battersea sees several injured as vehicle ploughs into shop

The double-decker ploughed into a kitchen shop in Lavender Hill, destroying the front of the bus and the shop window. 

At least six people were injured while two female passengers remain trapped on the bus. The bus driver has been taken to hospital. 

Witnesses described the crash as “awful” while emergency officials urged people to avoid the area. 

A London Fire Brigade spokesman 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.”

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A bus has crashed into a shop in Battersea leaving several injured

Ambulance and fire crews are also at the scene, including a hazardous environment team. 

A London Ambualance spokesman confirmed six people had been injured. 

He said: “We have treated six patients following the road traffic collision in #LavenderHill and we remain on scene.”

Wandsworth Police tweeted: “Road will be closed for sometime, we have reports of casualties unable to confirm severity at this time.”

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Battersea bus crash: Two passengers were trapped on the vehicle following the smash

A London Ambulance spokeswoman said: “We were called at 6:53am to reports of a road traffic collision on Lavender Hill, SW11. 

“We sent five ambulance crews, two paramedics in cars and an incident response officer to the scene, alongside our hazardous area response team – with the first of our medics arriving in six minutes. 

“London’s Air Ambulance was also dispatched. 

“We have treated six patients and we remain on scene.” 

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Battersea bus crash: Emergency crews have rushed to the scene

The bus crashed through the front of high-end kitchen shop Poggenpohl during the morning rush-hour. 

Passengers are believed to be trapped on the upper deck. A cherry-picker has been sent to the scene to aid rescuers and to help commuters from the damaged vehicle. 

One witness said the crash, near Clapham Junction train station, “looked awful”. 

He tweeted: “Bus crash on Lavender Hill looked awful. Hoping no one is badly hurt. Emergency services doing an excellent job. Lavender Hill.”

The Metropolitan Police said: “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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Passengers are being taken from the bus in a cherry-picker

Police also urged people to avoid the area.

They said: “Avoid Lavender Hill SW11. Bus has gone into a building. We have no further at this time.”

London Fire Bridge 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.”

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Battersea bus crash: Several people have been injured and others remain trapped

Traffic is now at a standstill in the area and bus routes have been disrupted. 

Routes 77 from Waterloo to Tooting, 87 from Wandsworth to Aldwych, 156 from Wimbledon to Vauxhall, 345 from Peckham to Kensington and G1 from Streatham to Battersea are all affected. 

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Battersea bus crash: Firefighters at the scene of the smash this morning

The A3036 is experiencing heavy traffic in both directions between the junctions of A3207 Falcon Road and A3220 Latchmere Road.

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