An eight-year-old boy from Leamington and a woman in her seventies are confirmed to have died after a bus crashed into a Sainsbury’s store in Coventry. The boy who was on the top deck of the bus, died at the scene. The elderly woman was killed when the bus careered into her as he walked along the street.
West Midlands Police confirmed there had been “two fatalities”. A spokeswoman said: “We are dealing with two fatalities. The relatives of those who have died do now know.”
Coventry Police reported that the bus was travelling along Hale Street when it collided with a number of stationary cars and a lamp-post before crashing into the Sainsburys supermarket on Trinity Street. A number of people were reportedly trapped on the top of the double decker bus.
West Midlands ambulance service confirmed they have sent three ambulances, two emergency doctors, three rapid response vehicles and members of the Hazardous Area Response Team to the scene of the incident.
A statement from West Midlands Police said: “Three people have been seriously injured after a double decker bus collided with a Coventry supermarket this evening. The bus was travelling along Hale Street when it collided with a number of stationary cars and a lamppost before crashing into Sainsbury’s on Trinity Street at 6pm.
Maneer Fiaz told Sky News he was getting some food from a shop opposite when he heard a ‘loud bang’ and saw people running to the scene. “I came outside the shop and saw the bus was smashed into the cashpoint. I ran towards the driver and he was surprisingly alive. People were trying to get the driver out.
“The kids were trapped underneath the seats upstairs. It was absolute chaos. We got the driver out through the window. People were just running towards the scene trying to help people get out. The only thing on people’s minds was the two kids stuck on the top, they couldn’t get out of the bus.”
Video posted on Twitter shows the bus with its windows smashed as people scream and try to help those trapped. One woman is heard screaming: “Oh my God, there is a kid pushing through the seat!”
Five people including a child were taken to University Hospital. Two other injured people were treated on the scene and later discharged.