Seven hurt as bus crash shuts Bridge

SEVEN people were taken to hospital after two buses collided on North Bridge, Doncaster yesterday.

Tuesday, 2nd October 2007, 3:50 pm
Updated Wednesday, 3rd October 2007, 11:04 am

The bus and taxi-only route into the town centre was closed for almost two hours as police investigated the crash at a bus stop outside the Halfords motor accessories store.

It is believed none of the injured passengers suffered serious injury, but three were taken to an ambulance on stretchers as a precaution.

Both drivers were uninjured and are being interviewed about the collision by managers of the operators, the First bus company.

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The crash happened just after 9am when a single decker number 50 from Skellow heading for the interchange was stationary at the bus stop.

A number 78 double-decker carrying passengers from Woodlands apparently ran into the back of it, causing extensive damage to both vehicles.

Three people on the single-decker and four from the Woodlands bus were injured and taken to hospital for assessment and treatment.

"We sent our accident managers to North Bridge straight away to undertake a full investigation and assist the emergency services," said First South Yorkshire manager Brandon Jones.

"We got replacement buses there as soon as we could and there was only limited disruption to our customers.

"Other services had to use St George's Bridge until North Bridge could be reopened around 10.45am.

"Thankfully it would appear the seven people taken to hospital have only minor injuries but we will be checking to see how they are," added Mr Jones.