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Lavender Hill: Double-Decker Bus Crashes Into Shops Near Clapham Junction

Lavender Hill: Double-Decker Bus Crashes Into Shops Near Clapham Junction

A double-decker bus crashed into a shop in south London on Thursday, injuring several people, authorities said.

According to emerging reports, a busy London high street was thrown into chaos earlier today after a double-decker bus crashed into a shop front on Lavender Hill. A section of the shop's awning appeared to have pierced the front windows on the bus's upper deck.

London Ambulance Service said a number of crews are attending, and London Fire Brigade said two fire engines and three fire rescue units are at the scene of the crash.

The driver of the bus was hospitalized and two female passengers became trapped on the bus' upper deck until they were rescued by paramedics.

"A number of passengers were treated by LAS at the scene".

Transport for London said a "full investigation is under way", while Wandsworth Police wrote on Twitter that the road would be "closed for some time".

A nurse on board the bus said the driver told her he had lost consciousness before the crash.

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Bus routes 77 from Waterloo to Tooting, 87 from Wandsworth to Aldwych and 156 from Wimbledon to Vauxhall were all affected by the traffic issues.

Witness Matthew Corner‏ tweeted: "Bus crash on Lavender Hill looked terrible. It went to the fourth or fifth row", Andrew Matthews, a passenger on the bus, recalled to Sky News.

'I wedged myself in, bracing myself, ' he told Press Assosciation.

"I noticed the bus drifting".

Another recalled how passengers began screaming as smoke emerged from underneath the vehicle and there was "a lot of blood" as a woman was trapped. She was screaming for help.

Amy Mullineux said: "I spoke to him". Hoping no one is badly hurt.

Emergency services were called at 06:55 BST.


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