Travel News|

Passengers in lucky escape as double decker bus rams Rochdale bridge

busThe driver of a double-decker bus completely ripped off its roof yesterday by trying to pass under a low rail bridge in Rochdale. Although there were 25 people on board the First Manchester service most escaped with minor injuries.

A statement released by Greater Manchester Police said 17 of the passengers were treated at the scene by paramedics and one female was taken to hospital for treatment for injuries to her face. Unconfirmed reports suggest one of the other passengers sustained a broken jaw.

The crash occurred at lunchtime on Rochdale’s Milkstone Road. Bystanders said there was a horrific bang when the bus hit the bridge and this was followed by screams and lots of crying. Police-inspector Stephen Clarke said it was fortunate nobody was trapped in the wreckage of the bus.

The inspector noted that officers would be investigating the crash and urged witnesses to get in touch if they could help. First Manchester boss Teresa Broxton also stated that it would be launching its own enquiry into the reasons for the crash.

She did add that the company’s immediate priority was supporting passengers who had been injured and also the bus’s driver. Witnesses said the female driver was unhurt and would have avoided the main impact of the crash as she was downstairs.

The bus operator has already stated the number 17 service was not following its route and was half-a-mile from where it should have been. Train services were suspended after the accident to enable Network Rail engineers to make sure the bridge had not been structurally damaged.

Comments

comments

  • Share this post:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Delicious
  • Digg
In the Press
  • The Sunday Post Martin Lewis of moneysavingexpert.com: Early booking using comparison sites including Carrentals.co.uk can slash up to 70%
  • The Daily Mail For the best deals, use price comparison websites such as Carrentals.co.uk.
  • The Daily Telegraph Check out car hire comparison sites such as Carrentals.co.uk to see the prices on offer at dozens of car hire companies.
*
*
*
carrentals.co.uk

Cookies on Carrentals.co.uk

Copyright 2003 ASAP Ventures Ltd

All rights reserved

Registered in England and Wales

Company number 4278063

Registered office address

1 The Square, Lightwater, Surrey, GU18 5SS