Woman dead after ‘fireball’ crash between National Express bus and car

By PA Reporters
Woman dead after ‘fireball’ crash between National Express bus and car

A 26-year-old woman has died after a crash between a rental car and a National Express bus.

The vehicles were engulfed in flames after the smash which happened in south-west London in the early hours of Sunday.

The rear-seat passenger of the grey Volkswagen Polo Zipcar died at the scene and the female driver is in a critical condition, the Metropolitan Police said.

Footage circulating on social media of the scene shows both vehicles on fire on Queenstown Road close to Chelsea Bridge.

A police officer looks on at the burnt remains of the coach (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

Taken on Snapchat, police and ambulance crews can be seen trying to dampen the flames, which have engulfed both the coach and the car, and rescue people from inside.

Witnesses can be heard saying the vehicles “exploded” after they crashed into each other.

A spokesman for National Express said: “One of our vehicles on the A3 service from Gatwick to London Victoria was involved in an incident with a car on Queenstown Road in the early hours this morning.

“One passenger was taken to hospital and all other passengers were safely transferred to a replacement vehicle for onward travel.

“Emergency services attended the scene and we will continue to provide every assistance with the ongoing investigation.

Witnesses spoke of an explosion (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the occupant of the car, who sadly passed away.”

A spokesman for the pay-as-you drive car rental firm said: “Zipcar is aware of a fatal incident involving one of its cars in the London Battersea area that occurred this morning.

“We are shocked and saddened by this news, and our deepest condolences go out to those affected. We are supporting the Metropolitan Police with their investigation in every way possible.”

A London Ambulance Service spokesman that despite the “best efforts of our medics, one patient sadly died at the scene”.

“We took a second patient to a major trauma centre as a priority. We treated two further patients for minor injuries: we took one of them to hospital and the other was discharged at the scene.”