As officers launch an investigation into a collision between a bus and a pedestrian that occurred in the early hours of this morning witnesses are being encouraged to come forward.
The collision occurred at around 5.25am, when a single decker bus that was travelling along Bawtry Road collided with a 27-year-old man just past the junction with Augustines Road and before the junction with Cantley Lane.
The 27-year-old man was taken to hospital to be treated for serious injuries.
There were no other injuries sustained by anyone.
Officers are now urging anyone who may have been on the bus involved in the collision, or anyone who witnesses the incident to call them 101, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111, quoting incident number 96 of November 10, 2015.
Doncaster motorists experienced significant delays following the collision, that led to Bawtry Road - one of the major routes in and out of the town centre - being closed for more than three hours.
A police spokesman said: “At approximately 5.25am, a 27-year-old man was in collision with a single decker bus on Bawtry Road close to the junction with St Augustines Road. He has been taken to hospital, extent of the injuries are not known at this time.”
Bawtry road was closed heading out of town from the junction with Gliwice Way.
Commuters driving past the scene in Bessacarr told how they believed a bus was involved - the First service to Tickhill - but said there was no obvious damage visible.
Police were marking out the road as they investigated the incident, at the junction of Rose Hill Rise.
Daryll Broadhead, operations manager for First in Doncaster said the collision involved the 205 bus services to Tickhill on Bawtry Road between Rosehill Rise and The Avenue.
He said: “At approximately 0530 a male pedestrian stepped out into the road and collided with our service bus. We understand the pedestrian has suffered serious injuries and is being treated in hospital.
“Our staff attended the scene and supported the emergency services. Our primary concern remains with the injured pedestrian and our driver who is currently in a state of shock. There were no other reported injuries. Approximately 40 passengers were on the bus and they were supported with regards their onward travel.
“Following the incident the road was closed and buses diverted via Armthorpe and Cantley. The road was reopened at 0925.
“We are investigating the incident and will work closely with the emergency services to support their own enquiries.”
Motorists reported congestion as far out as Wheatley Hills, where Thorne Road joins Leger Way, after the tailbacks arising from the closure built up this morning.
South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive said buses out of town were being diverted after the closure
Services 55, 57, and 91 were affected, with their out of town routes being diverted via Armthorpe and Old Cantley, before returning back to normal at Cantley.In bound services were not affected.
Rachael Turner said on Facebook: “The bus has got damage to windscreen.”
Beau Hookway said: “I work in town and its took me nearly 2 hours to get home, but hope whoever a involved is okay.”