Bus passenger narrowly avoids serious injury after a lorry collides with a bus

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Thursday 23rd October 2014 – 10.35pm – Murray MacGregor.

Four men have been taken to hospital, two in a potentially serious condition after a collision between a lorry and a single decker bus.

The crash happened at the junction of the A49 and the B5477 Little Stretton turning in Shropshire

Four ambulances and a paramedic officer were sent to the scene after the crash at just after 6.30pm on Thursday evening. An off duty WMAS paramedic and a Welsh Ambulance Service paramedic who were driving by also stopped to assist.

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The HGV collided with the mid-point of the driver’s side of the bus causing considerable damage. The bus was swung round almost ninety degrees and the two vehicles finished against each other

“A passenger who was fortunately sitting just in front of the impact point suffered nasty facial injuries. The man, who was estimated to be in his 30s, was immobilised before being taken to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

“Initial reports suggested an 18 year old man at the rear of the coach had been ejected and had been unconscious for a period. When ambulance crews arrived he was out of the bus but fully conscious. He was suffering from a head abrasion, aches and pains. As a precaution he was also immobilised and taken to the same hospital.

“The bus driver, a man in his 30s, was suffering from possible fractured ribs. He was also taken to the Royal Shrewsbury for further assessment and treatment.

“The lorry driver, who was in his 40s, suffered a lower right leg injury but had managed to get out of his vehicle. After assessment at the scene, he went to the same hospital as the other three.

“When one considers the damage and where people were sitting, this could easily have been a very much more serious incident.”

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