After a bus crash in northeast London, three children and two adults were taken to the hospital.
Witnesses said a “scary and crying” schoolchild was among the injured passengers after a double-decker bus collided with a repair shop in Hainam Park on Tuesday morning.
At least 19 people were injured and treated on-site by the London Emergency Services (LAS), including the capital’s air ambulance trauma team.
Five of these were taken to the hospital.
Katriye Osman, who dialed 999 after hearing what sounded like a “really big explosion,” described the incident as “trauma.”
Ousman, who witnessed the aftermath from outside the beauty salon, said there were about 50 to 60 school children standing around the car after the collision.
“It was absolutely terrible,” she said, adding that “it really upset me.”
Cafe owner Eric Garlip, 38, said he rushed out of the corner cafe after hearing the “Big Bang” on the other side of the road and tried to carry people out of the emergency exits of the bus.
Garlip said: “We were trying to get the kids out and they were in a panic.”
“It was very bad,” he added. “They were all scared and crying.”
Garlip also said that some parents on the bus were also crying and the driver was stuck in the wreckage.
He said he believed that the driver of the vehicle was finally rescued by paramedics after being “crushed” behind the steering wheel.
A LAS spokesperson said:
“We have sent many resources to the scene, including ambulance crews, advanced rescue personnel, high-speed response vehicle rescue personnel, incident response officers, and members of the Hazardous Area Response Team (HART).
“We also sent a trauma team from an ambulance in London.”
“My thoughts are on everyone affected by this horrific incident,” said Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London.
A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police Department, who was called to the scene at around 8:20 am, said:
“Investigation of the situation is ongoing.”