Two passengers rescued after 'blacked out' driver crashes double-decker bus into London shop

Two passengers rescued after 'blacked out' driver crashes double-decker bus into London shop

A double-decker bus has crashed into a shop on a busy London high street.

Two passengers were rescued after being trapped on the upper deck of the bus.

A total of nine people suffered minor injuries when the bus hit the building in Lavender Hill, near Clapham Junction railway station in south-west London shortly before 7am on Thursday.

One passenger reported that the driver said he "blacked out" before the collision.

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.

The driver was taken to hospital, police said.

Two passengers rescued after 'blacked out' driver crashes double-decker bus into London shop

Police were called just before 7am to reports of a bus hitting a building in Lavender Hill, near Clapham Junction train station in south-west London.

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

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

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

London Fire Brigade, London Ambulance Service and the Metropolitan Police are in attendance.

Firefighters with cutting gear appeared to be trying to cut trapped passengers free from the top of the bus.

Police said paramedics had treated "a number of passengers".

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."

The bus involved was the number 77 travelling towards London Waterloo.

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."

Two passengers rescued after 'blacked out' driver crashes double-decker bus into London shop

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.

"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."

Two passengers rescued after 'blacked out' driver crashes double-decker bus into London shop

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."

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