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Four injured as bus leaves busy road and ploughs into shop

PUBLISHED: 17:42 30 September 2009 | UPDATED: 15:53 16 August 2010

CRUNCH: The scene in Widmore Road on Monday. Picture by Simon Hildrew.

CRUNCH: The scene in Widmore Road on Monday. Picture by Simon Hildrew.

FOUR people were injured when a bus careered through a shop window in a busy town centre. The victims were hurt when the double-decker

FOUR people were injured when a bus careered through a shop window in a busy town centre.

The victims were hurt when the double-decker crashed into Hammonds furniture store in Widmore Road, Bromley, shortly before midday on Monday.

Two people were taken by ambulance to University Hospital, Lewisham suffering minor injuries and a woman was taken to Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough suffering from shock.

Another man suffered arm injuries but was not taken to hospital.

The number 61, which was heading towards Bromley North, smashed through the glass window and part of the wall was knocked down.

Carley Wallington, 24, who works in Thackray Williams solicitors on the second and third floors, said: "I was up on the third floor. We just heard a big crash bang and felt large vibrations.

"I thought a car had gone into the building, we all just legged it out. I looked out the window and saw a big bus. We thought the building might fall down. It was really scary. We were in all shock and shaking. Another woman was in the basement right near where it had hit. She was really shocked."

The three storey building was evacuated following the incident. After waiting around outside for three hours, the majority of workers were sent home just before 3pm.

A spokesperson for the East London Bus Group, which controls the route 61, said: "There was an incident on Widmore Road at the junction of Kentish Way at around midday yesterday involving a route 61 double deck bus, operated by East London Bus Group, which ran into the front of a building on Widmore Road. Emergency services attended the scene. A full investigation into this incident is underway and we are cooperating with the various interested authorities."

A Transport for London spokesperson said: "Widmore Road was closed in both directions following the incident, causing delays for drivers in the area, and a number of bus routes were on diversion."

Route numbers 61, 119, 146, 246, 320, 336, 352, 367 were all diverted until the road opened again at around 5pm.

kate.nelson@archant.co.uk

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