Bus and fire engine in rush hour collision in south London

Bus and fire engine in rush hour collision in south London

Seven people have been injured after a packed London bus and a fire engine crashed on Thursday at a busy road junction at rush hour.

Emergency services rushed to the scene after the two vehicles collided in Brixton Hill at about 6.15pm.

Dramatic pictures emerged of the aftermath of the crash at the junction with Acre Lane outside Lambeth Town Hall.

Medics treated seven people at the scene, London Ambulance Service said.

A male firefighter and the male bus driver were taken to hospital, along with a 48-year-old female bus passenger complaining of back pain.

Their injuries are not thought to be serious and nobody was trapped during the incident, a London Fire Brigade spokesman said.

Shocked bystanders posted photos of the collision on Twitter and reported traffic chaos in the area as the road was cordoned off.

Claire Dargo tweeted: “Scary scenes in #Brixton. A bus and a fire engine have collided. Praying there’s no serious injuries. Looks horrific. Stay safe.”

Hywell Kennedy said: “Avoid car journeys and bus routes through Brixton. Really bad bus crash.”

Adam Engle said: “Just saw a firetruck crashed into a bus in Brixton. Heavy stuff.”

Anna Wells said: “Serious accident in #Brixton as a #fireengine smashes into a #bus at the junction to Acre Lane.”

Nick Albrow said: “What is going on today!? Head on collision in front of my eyes in Brixton.”

It is not known if the fire engine was responding to an emergency call.

Mike Weston, director of buses for TfL said: “At approximately 6.10pm this evening a Route 35 bus, operated by Go Ahead, was involved in a collision with a fire engine on Acre Lane in Brixton.

“Emergency services attended the scene. We are currently working with police to investigate.”

Original source: Evening Standard

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