BUS CRASHES INTO KITCHEN STORE IN SOUTH LONDON

Two women have had to be cut free from a London bus after it crashed into a shop on Lavender Hill early this morning.

Several people were injured when the number 77 bus smashed into the shop close to Clapham Junction train station at around 7am.

Six people were treated by London Ambulance Service including the driver of the bus who was taken to hospital.

A nurse on the scene said that the driver had told her that he had blacked and did not remember hitting anything.

Firefighters had to cut at least one woman out of the side of the bus and a crane was used in the evacuation of the top deck.

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Andrew Matthews, 34, of Wandsworth Town, said he was one of around a dozen passengers on the bus.

He told the Press Association: ‘I was on the top floor at the back, fortunately. I noticed the bus drifting. I heard a smash and saw the roof of the shop going through (the bus) from the front left. It went to the fourth or fifth row.

‘I wedged myself in, bracing myself. As soon as the bus came to a stop there was yelling, screaming.

‘I noticed a lady wedged in the front right-hand side. She was screaming for help. There was a lot of blood.’

Nurse Amy Mullineux, 40, of Wandsworth Common, was also on the bus and said the driver told her he had lost consciousness before the crash.

Several injured after bus crashes into South London shop

Two women had to be cut free from the top deck of the bus (Picture: PA)

Several injured after bus crashes into South London shop

Emergency workers can be seen on the top deck of the bus (Picture: PA)

Several injured after bus crashes into South London shop

One passenger said he noticed the bus swerving and managed to brace himself for impact (Picture: PA)

Several injured after bus crashes into South London shop

Firefighters have been using a crane to help get evacuate people from the top deck of the bus (Picture: PA)

‘I spoke to him. He said he blacked out before the bus hit the shop. He doesn’t remember hitting anything. The paramedic told me they think he had some kind of fit.’

Witnesses reported seeing smoke coming from under the bus

Solange Morin, 33, lives close to the scene and was hoping to catch the bus before she saw it crash.

She said: ‘I saw this woman (in the bus) shouting and banging on the glass. Everybody shouted “fire, fire”.

‘I went on to the bus. I talked to her and was holding her hands. She was pinned. I wouldn’t have been able to get her out.

‘She was so scared because people were shouting fire. There was a lot of smoke.’

Transport for London spokeswoman said a route 77 double-decker bus was involved in the incident in Wandsworth.

Photos on social media show the vehicle on the pavement and smashed into the front of the Poggen Pohl Kitchen Design Centre.

Bus crash in SW London

Glass lies shattered across the ground and paramedics can be seen tending to people on the top deck.

Local resident Brendan Pfahlert said the smash ‘sounded like a large amount of glass being dropped’.

Wandsworth Police tweeted: ‘Road will be closed for sometime, we have reports of casualties unable to confirm severity at this time.’

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