Seven People Injured After Bus Crashes Into Railway Bridge In Swansea
Seven people have been injured after a bush crashed into a railway bridge in Swansea, South Wales Police have confirmed.
A 63-year-old man has also been arrested.
Police said ambulance and air ambulance were in attendance, and seven casualties were taken to hospital - one with 'serious injuries' and another with 'life threatening injuries'.
The crash took place just before 9.40am on Neath Road, Swansea, and involved a bus bound for Swansea University.
South Wales Police said: "We and our fellow emergency services are currently in attendance at a road traffic collision involving a bus and a bridge in Neath Road, Swansea.
"We are asking motorists to avoid the area while this incident is ongoing."
Road Traffic Collision, Neath Road, Swansea
At about 9.40am a double decker bus collided with a bridge.
A number of people have been taken to hospital.
A 63-year-old man has been arrested.
The road remains closed
Full details :arrow_forward: https://t.co/uG6kvdvh0z pic.twitter.com/en6yghIXgJ
- South Wales Police Swansea (@SWPSwansea) December 12, 2019
The bus company, First Cymru, has announced that a 'full investigation' is now under way.
Andrew Sherrington, managing director, said: "We can confirm one of our vehicles operating Service 10 between Swansea University Singleton Campus and Swansea Bay University Campus has been involved in a collision with a bridge, which has resulted in a number of passengers sustaining injuries.
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"We've immediately dispatched a support team and launched a full investigation to establish the circumstances that has led to this collision, and are assisting South Wales Police with their enquiries.
"Everyone at First Cymru is shocked by this incident and our heartfelt sympathies go out to those injured."
Transport for Wales (TfW) also said on Twitter:
:warning: UPDATE Due to a road vehicle colliding with a bridge at #Swansea fewer trains are able to run on some lines. Services are running but will not call at Swansea Station
Disruption is expected until 15:00 12/12
:bus: Cymru Coaches have been sourced to run Swansea to Cardiff pic.twitter.com/l7i2Mozbun
- Trafnidiaeth Cymru Trenau Transport for Wales Rail (@tfwrail) December 12, 2019
Alastair Hawkes, a passenger was on the top deck when the crash happened, told the BBC: "There was a lady who was cut out, she was bleeding heavily and flown to hospital in Cardiff.
"I think there were three injured - somebody else was bleeding badly and an older gentleman was shaken, in shock. We thought he passed out."
Hawkes, 22, explained that the bus had taken a different route to its usual path, possibly due to a fallen tree.
He added: "There was a crunch and smashing glass and screaming.
"Everyone was thinking 'what just happened?' as there was a bridge halfway up the bus."
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