Clapham bus crash: double decker ploughs into shop on busy London high street

A bus has ploughed into a building on a busy south London high street leaving two passengers trapped and six people injured.

Dramatic images showed the double decker wedged into the side of a kitchen design centre on Lavender Hill, Wandsworth, on Thursday morning.

Police said six people, including the bus driver, had been injured in the smash and were being treated by paramedics from London Ambulance Service.

The driver was taken to a south London hospital while five passengers were treated at the scene.

There were reports of several people injured in the crash (PA)

London Fire crews also rushed to the scene where they attempted to rescue two women trapped on the top deck of the bus.

A spokeswoman said: “We were called at 7am to reports of a bus crashed into a shop front. The shop front has collapsed.

“Two female passengers are trapped on the top deck of the bus, crews are working to free them.

Emergency services at the scene in Lavender Hill (PA)

“The passengers are both conscious and breathing.”

People living nearby described being woken up by a loud bang.

Firefighters work to free passengers trapped on the bus (PA)

One man, known as Brendan, told the Standard: “There was a loud glass-filled crash, not uncommon living near a pub. But there were lots of sirens so I had a look.

“It sounded like something very heavy being dropped accompanied by the sound of broken glass.”

A large police cordon was erected around the crash and police advised people on Twitter to avoid the area.

This story is being updated.

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