A bus driver has died and 15 people were injured after a crash between a car and two single-decker buses left a scene of devastation in south-east London last night. Three people, thought to be passengers on the bus, were seriously injured and 12 others were hurt when one bus went through the front wall
A bus driver has died and 15 people were injured after a crash between a car and two single-decker buses left a scene of devastation in south-east London last night.
Three people, thought to be passengers on the bus, were seriously injured and 12 others were hurt when one bus went through the front wall of a house in Orpington after colliding with the car, which witnesses claim was a Skoda minicab.
The car’s driver, 24, was arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving and drug driving after the area was flooded with police, paramedics and fire crews shortly after 10pm yesterday evening.
Shocking photos from the scene this morning show the mangled wreckage of one of the buses being recovered from the road, which was strewn with shards of metal and glass.
Witnesses have suggested one bus may have swerved to miss the car and crashed head-on into another bus coming in the opposite direction.
One bus crashed through a wall of a house on the residential street while another ended up on the wrong side of the road.
This was the scene in Orpington, south-east London this more after a horrific road crash involving a car and two buses
The car is towed from the scene of the crash in Orpington, south London, this morning, following yesterday’s collision
Police removed the severely-damaged single-decker bus from the scene this morning as the investigation continues
Pictures from this morning show the front of the bus completely caved in with smashed windows leaving glass everywhere
Local resident Ross Philpott, 42 said: ‘There was a big smash and we heard a strange noise at about 10.10pm. It went on for a really long time. We went outside and it was carnage everywhere. It was like something out of a movie scene.
‘The guy who died I think was under the bus. There was nothing we could do. Some ladies came out and brought blankets and water. Most of the people involved were stuck in the bus and it was probably safer for them to be in there.
‘There was one guy talking on the phone who said he was thrown from the bus. He got away with bruised ribs, he was in shock. Another passenger kicked a window out of the bus to get out but most felt safe to stay on there.’
Another resident, Judi Johnson, 53, said her husband went to the aid of a young girl with head injuries.
She said: ‘She kept asking him if her head was alright. It was quite bad, it has been split open. Lots of people were helping. It was such a loud noise you couldn’t ignore it. You just knew something bad had happened.
‘On this road people drive so fast. People just don’t stop. There was a lot of people injured on the bus, and there was a lady on the floor.’
John Ellis, 77, who has lived on the Sevenoaks Road for the last 29 years, said: ‘This is a 30mph road but motorists often tear down it at 50-60mph.
‘A few neighbours have told me that the reason for the crash last night was a speeding driver. I’ve seen cars overtaking buses at speed a number of times along here.
‘The scene last night was horrific. There were people lying on the floor in Park Avenue just off Sevenoaks Road and the area was full of police and paramedics.’
Police removed clothes from the scene today, thought to be belongings of the people who were injured on the bus
Wreckage at the scene in south London, where one person died following the crash last night
Police at the scene in Orpington in the early hours of this morning after two buses and a car crashed in south London
The crash happened on a residential street in Orpington, in the the very south-east of London, not far from the M25
A spokesman for Go-Ahead said: ‘Our sympathies are with the deceased, a Go-Ahead London bus driver based at Orpington Garage, and their loved ones, also all injured or affected by this accident.
‘The company is in dialogue with the family of the deceased driver and we are working with the police and other relevant parties to establish the facts.
‘As a mark of respect to the next of kin, we will not be releasing any personal details or speculating as to the cause of the collision.’
Orpington MP Jo Johnson said today: ‘I was informed early this morning by the police of the tragic incident that occurred last night on Sevenoaks Road.
‘This is a desperately sad incident and I am deeply sorry to hear that one of the bus drivers has died and that others have suffered life changing injuries.
‘My thoughts are with all those who have been affected, and particularly with the family and friends of the bus driver who lost his life. I will await further information from the emergency services.’
Around 60 firefighters and a team of paramedics attended the scene in Orpington, south-east London.
London Fire Brigade Assistant Commissioner Graham Ellis said: ‘Firefighters rescued several casualties from the buses and immediately undertook first aid, being joined by colleagues from London Ambulance Service. Firefighters also made the vehicles and surrounding area safe.’
The car, said to be Skoda minicab, was taken from the scene earlier this morning
Firefighters are pictured at the scene last night, where a crash killed one person and injured 15 others in Orpington, south London
Police at the scene in Orpington, south London, where two buses and a car crashed last night
A Met Police spokesman said: ‘Detectives are appealing for witnesses and footage following a fatal road traffic collision in Orpington.
‘Police were called to Sevenoaks Road in Orpington at 22:12hrs on Thursday, 31 October following a report of a multi-vehicle incident.
‘Officers, the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service attended and found two buses and one car in collision.
‘The driver of one of the buses, believed to be a 60-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. His next-of-kin have been informed. Formal identification and a post-mortem examination will take place in due course.
‘Paramedics also treated 15 casualties at the scene. Three of the casualties are being treated for serious injuries, and the remaining have minor injuries.
‘The driver of the car, a 24-year-old man, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drug driving. He was taken to a south London hospital as a precaution before being taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody.’
Police officer are pictured at the scene in Orpington after a collision occurred at around 10pm last night
One of the buses can still be seen with its lights on in the picture above as resident attend the scene
Pictures from the scene last night show to empty buses as the streets lay strewn with glass
A London Ambulance Service spokesman said 10 crews were sent to the scene.
He said: ‘We were called at 10.07pm yesterday (October 31) to reports of a road traffic collision on Sevenoaks Road, Orpington.
‘We dispatched a number of resources to the scene including ten ambulance crews, two incident response officers and our Hazardous Area Response Team. We also dispatched London’s Air Ambulance by car.
‘We treated 15 patients and took them to hospital. Despite the best efforts of our medics, a person sadly died at the scene.’
A Transport for London spokesman said: ‘Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the person who tragically died and the people who were injured after a traffic collision in Orpington. We are assisting the emergency services and a full investigation into the circumstances will take place.’