Roof ripped off in freak tree accident of a London bus

February 3, 2015 12:22 pm

 Emergency services arrive at the scene after five people were treated
for minor injuries when a London bus had its roof ripped off in
Kingsway, London. Photo / AP

A bus travelling through central London has had its roof ripped off after it hit a tree in a “freak accident”.
Five
people were injured when the Number 91 clipped the overhanging tree in
Kingsway on Monday local time, sending the roof crashing into the road
behind it.
Pictures on Twitter showed a double decker with
upper-floor seats and handrails visible and its roof on the ground. One
showed the bus in front of a tree with skinned bark next to a road sign
that warned of “overhanging trees”.
Speaking at the scene, London
Fire Brigade’s Euston station manager Gary Squires said those involved
were “very lucky to escape serious injury”.
“You can see the missing bark from the tree and the roof has come up and off the bus,” he said.

“This is a very unusual incident. It is a freak accident.”
Mr
Squires said a man sitting on the top deck was left with a suspected
broken nose while another passenger was taken to hospital with injuries
to the side of their head.
Three others were treated at the scene and discharged.
London
School of Economics student Ethan Meade, who posted pictures of the
scene on Twitter, said he turned around after hearing a crash.
“I
saw the roof fall down off the side of the bus, and the glass shatter
everywhere. The passengers seemed to be sitting there pretty stunned as
you’d expect,” he said.
Transport for London said there would be a full investigation into the crash.

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