Clapham bus crash: double decker ploughs into shop on Lavender Hill

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A bus has ploughed into a building on a busy south London high street leaving two passengers trapped and six people injured.

Dramatic images showed the double decker wedged into the side of a kitchen design centre on Lavender Hill, Wandsworth, on Thursday morning.

Police said six people, including the bus driver, had been injured in the smash and were being treated by paramedics from London Ambulance Service.

The driver was taken to a south London hospital while five passengers were treated at the scene.

Fire crews battled to free two female passengers who were trapped on the top deck of the bus.

There were reports of several people injured in the crash (PA)

Passenger Andrew Matthews, 34, said he heard one of the women “screaming for help”.

The Wandsworth Town resident said: “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.

Emergency services at the scene in Lavender Hill (PA)

“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.”

Solange Morin, 33, lives close to the scene and was hoping to catch the bus before she saw it crash.

Emergency response: Police, fire crews and paramedics rushed to the scene (twitter/@BrendanTheP)

She told Press Association: “I saw this woman (in the bus) shouting and banging on the glass.

“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.” 

Other passengers claimed the driver, who is being treated at a south London hospital, had lost consciousness before the crash.

Nurse Amy Mullineux, 40, of Wandsworth Common, said: “I spoke to him. He said he blacked out before the bus hit the shop.

Bus crash: Two women are believed to be trapped on the top deck of the bus (twitter/@BrendanTheP)

“He doesn’t remember hitting anything.

“The paramedic told me they think he had some kind of fit.”

People living nearby described being woken up by a loud bang.

Brendan Pfahlert told the Standard: “There was a loud glass-filled crash, not uncommon living near a pub. But there were lots of sirens so I had a look.

Firefighters work to free passengers trapped on the bus (PA)

“It sounded like something very heavy being dropped accompanied by the sound of broken glass.”

Police said there were no life-threatening or life-changing injuries.

Emergency response: Fire fighters work to free passengers trapped inside the bus (LAS HART)

A Transport for London spokeswoman said a route 77 double-decker was involved in the incident. 

A spokeswoman for London Fire Brigade added: “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.”

A large police cordon was erected around the crash and police advised people on Twitter to avoid the area.

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