Two men have died and 18 people have been injured following a crash involving a double decker bus and a lorry in Cambridgeshire.
The accident happened on the A47 near Wisbech at around 7.30 on Tuesday morning.
Cambridgeshire Police said in a statement: “We are sorry to report that two men, travelling in the bus involved in the A47 collision, have sadly died.
“Our thoughts are with their families at this time.
“Seven people have been serious injured and 11 have minor injuries following the collision.”
Pictures from the scene appear to show the double decker bus having ploughed into the side of a lorry, which appears to belong to Bretts Transport, a trucking company based in Wisbech.
The Magpas Air Ambulance charity earlier said on Twitter: “@Magpas_Charity enhanced doctor & paramedic team were called to a major incident on the A47 in the Wisbech area, involving an HGV & a bus.”
Early this morning 26/06/2018, our @Magpas_Charity enhanced doctor & paramedic team were called to a major incident on the A47 in the Wisbech area, involving an HGV & a bus. Approximately 15 people have been injured. All emergency services are on the scene. More info to come. pic.twitter.com/RvkFHeYq3w
— Magpas Air Ambulance (@Magpas_Charity) June 26, 2018
An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We are currently attending a serious road traffic incident in Thorney Road, Guyhirn.
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“The East of England Ambulance Service Trust has currently dispatched seven ambulance crews, three ambulance officers, two rapid response vehicles, a Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and Magpas Air Ambulance to the scene where the crew are caring for several seriously injured patients.
We are appealing for witnesses following a collision on the A47 at 7.30am this morning. Officers remain at the scene and the road is closed with diversions in place. Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to call 101. Motorists are advised to avoid the area or expect delays
— Cambs police (@CambsCops) June 26, 2018
“We are working closely with our emergency blue light colleagues, and we thank the public for their assistance at this time.”
A total of 16 people were taken to Peterborough City Hospital and Queen Elizabeth Hospital following the collision between a double decker bus and a HGV, the East of England Ambulance Service said.
It said the crash was initially declared as a major incident because of the number of patients involved, but that was stood down shortly before 10am.
Cambridgeshire Fire Service said crews were called at 7.33am.