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Five people in hospital after bus crashes into shop in Chingford

The bus crashed into a shop in Selwyn Avenue (credit: @WalkingLondon_)

Five people have been taken to hospital after a double decker bus crashed into a shop in Chingford.

Firefighters were called to the collision in Selwyn Avenue, Highams Park at around 8.20am this morning.

The double decker bus had collided with an end-of-terrace shop with flats above and an electrical substation.

Five people, including three children and two adults, were taken to hospital.

A London Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “We were called at 8:19am this morning (25 January) to reports of an incident involving a bus on The Broadway, Higham Park.

“We sent a number of resources to the scene including ambulance crews, advanced paramedics, clinical team managers, paramedics in fast response cars, incident response officers and members of our Hazardous Area Response Team (HART).

“We also dispatched a trauma team from London’s Air Ambulance. Working with our emergency service colleagues we treated and assessed 19 people at the scene.

“Of those 19, we took five people to hospital, including three children and two adults.”

London Fire Brigade described how there were a number of “walking wounded” treated on scene.

The driver of the bus was injured and taken to hospital after becoming trapped.

Fire crews from Chingford, Edmonton and Woodford fire stations released him.

Station Commander, Dave Hill said: “Firefighters used specialist cutting equipment to release the driver of the bus.

“Crews worked with emergency services colleagues from London Ambulance Service and the Metropolitan Police Service and made the scene safe.

“Firefighters carried out a systematic search of surrounding buildings to ensure there were no other casualties trapped.

“There were local road closures in place around the junction of Selwyn Avenue and Winchester Road so we asked people to avoid the area where possible.” 

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