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Lavender Hill bus crash: Two women rescued after driver 'blacks out' and smashes into a shop


A double-decker bus crashed into a shop in south London leaving two women trapped on the top deck.

About a dozen passengers were said to be on the bus at the time of the crash, and witnesses saw smoke coming from underneath - leading to fears that it might have set on fire.

The driver reportedly told passengers he had lost consciousness before the crash at about 7am, and emergency services said a total of ten patients had been treated.

Witnesses said people were 'screaming for help' and there 'was a lot of blood' after the double-decker bus crashed on the A3036 in Battersea, South West London.

Paramedics said two of these people were taken as a 'priority' to hospital in a stable condition, while another with minor injuries was also taken there for treatment

The women were rescued by fire crews and the driver was taken to hospital.

One eyewitness said he felt the bus drifting before it crashed into the front of the Poggenpohl Kitchen Design Centre in Lavender Hill, causing the shop front to collapse.

Another said the driver told her he had "blacked out", adding a paramedic thought he had had "some kind of fit"

London Ambulance Service revealed that a total of 10 people had been treated by paramedics, three of whom had been taken to hospital.

It said it had also sent five ambulance crews, two paramedics and an incident response officer to the scene at about 06:55 BST, along with an air ambulance.

Firefighters worked hard to free injured passengers trapped on the top deck of a bus which ploughed into a kitchen shop on a busy London high street today.

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