Supermarket damaged after bus mounts pavement and crashes into it

Supermarket damaged after bus mounts pavement and crashes into it

A supermarket has been damaged after a bus mounted the curb and crashed into it.

The bus, a single-decker Metroline on the 274 route, rammed the Ozdiller store in Pratt Street in Camden, north London, shortly before 11am today.

There were no serious injuries, but the shop owner, Huseyil Ozdil, told the Evening Standard that his sister usually sits near the spot where the bus crashed and could have been “seriously injured” had she not been helping customers elsewhere in the store.

He told the paper: “Thankfully we are ok. There are no injuries but my sister has been badly shaken up by what has happened.

“If she wasn’t helping a customer at the time then it’s possible she would have been seriously injured. Ten seconds could have been the difference.”

Tony Akers, Transport for London’s head of bus operations, said: “At 11am today (January 9), a route 274 single deck bus, operated by Metroline, was involved in a collision with a shop front along Pratt Street NW1.

“No one was seriously injured in the incident. Police attended the scene. There will be a full investigation into the incident.”

Pictures from the scene show wrecked fruit and vegetable stands outside the shop. The front right corner of the bus was also damaged and the right side of the windscreen was smashed.

The road was closed, but has since been reopened and no pedestrians were reportedly injured.

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