UK: Double-decker bus hit bridge in Stockport. 11 injured (6 taken to hospital) – 270713 1440z

“Six people have been taken to hospital, after a double decker bus hit a railway bridge – ripping off its roof.

Emergency crews were called to the crash on George’s Rd, Stockport at 1.39pm.

Firefighters rescued three women and three men from the wreckage.” – ITV News

A bus has had its roof ripped off after hitting a bridge in Stockport.

At about 1.40pm a Transpeak bus hit a railway bridge at the junction of Wycliffe Street, taking its roof off completely.

Eleven passengers were injured following the crash on George’s Road, just off the A6.

Six of those injured – three men and three women – were treated by firefighters from Stockport and Whitehill stations and taken to hospital.

“A height restriction sign on the bridge limits vehicles to 10ft at its edges, and 12ft 9in in the middle.

One bystander said: “There’s no way that bus was going under there – even if you came right through the centre.”

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Stockport crew manager Nick Mottram, from Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “They were all very lucky, because it could have been very serious.”

2.56pm Northern Rail warning of delays to trains going through Stockport as a result of the crash. Delays will continue until 3.30pm.” – manchestereveningnews

The bus, minus its roof, after the crash Credit: Richard Garratt/ ITV News

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Stockport bus crash (Picture by @stehutchy on Twitter)

Stockport bus crash (Picture by @stehutchy on Twitter)

India: Bus plunges 150m into mountain gorge, leaving 18 (mostly students) dead, 14 injured, in Himachal Pradesh – 070613 1830z

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(Photo: EPA/ruvr.ru) Bus plunges 150m into mountain gorge, killing 18 people, in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh

Eighteen people were on Friday killed and 14 others injured – some of them seriously, when a bus rolled down in a 500 feet deep gorge in Sangrah Tehsil of Sirmaur district of Himachal Pradesh.

All the bodies have been recovered and injured persons have been admitted to hospitals at Solan and Rajgarh, Sirmaur SP, Sumedha Dwivedi, told PTI over phone from the spot.

The bus carrying 35 passengers was on its way from Punradhar to Solan when the mishap took place.

The bus left Punradhar around 7.00 a.m. and the accident took place a few minutes later, the SP said.

A large number of villagers rushed to the accident spot and helped the local administration in rescue work. The injured were rushed to Solan and Rajgarh hospitals. The deceased are yet to be identified but most of them are from Punradhar and surrounding villages, police said.

Most victims are said to be students studying in colleges in Solan and Rajgarh.

Friday, 07 June, 2013 at 12:13 (12:13 PM) UTC RSOE

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18 Killed and Dozens Injured in Himachal Pradesh Bus Mishap

By Shruthy Keerthy | June 7, 2013 9:24 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh got its second major shock in a month when eighteen people were killed and 14 others injured as a bus carrying them fell into a 500 deep feet gorge in Sirmaur district of the state.

The accident took place at Sangrah Tehsil of Sirmaur district on the bus ferrying from Punradhar to Solan. The bus was reportedly carrying around 35 persons when the mishap took place. The exact time of the accident is not known, but is believed to have taken place sometime around 7:00 to 7:15 am, shortly after the bus left from Punradhar.

According to authorities, all the bodies have been recovered. A number of villagers were said to have rushed to the spot and helped the local administration in rescue efforts. Some of the injured are in critical condition and have been admitted to various hospitals at Solan and Rajgarh. Most of the deceased have not been identified yet, but many are believed to be mainly from Punradhar and nearby villages. Many of the victims of the mishap are said to be students studying in colleges in and around Solan. Authorities are probing into the cause of the mishap.

 

The accident is the second to have happened this week in the same area. Earlier this week, four persons were killed when their car rolled into a gorge near Bogdar, a village in Sirmaur district.

As many as 500 black spots (chief accident prone areas) have been identified by Himachal Pradesh authorities after fatal road mishaps were identified as one of the major reasons of deaths in the state. Sirmaur is one of the remotest areas in the state and overcrowding of existing vehicles account to more number of casualities.

Earlier this month on 8 May, 40 people were killed when a private bus fell into River Beas in Jhiri Village of Mandi district.

South Africa: 8 KZN pupils killed, 25 injured in bus crash – 240413 1145z

Eight pupils died when their bus driver lost control of the vehicle and it overturned on the R66 between Ulundi and Kwaceza, a transport spokesman said on Wednesday.

Kwanele Ncalane said eight pupils died, five were in a critical condition and 20 sustained minor injuries.

The accident happened on Tuesday night while the bus was transporting pupils from Richards Bay to Kwaceza. Ncalane could not immediately provide the ages of the pupils.

It was not clear whether the driver was injured. “Investigations to establish the cause of the accident have started,” Ncalane said. He said Mchunu would inspect the accident scene, and would visit the survivors and their school.
Wednesday, 24 April, 2013 at 10:50 (10:50 AM) UTC RSOE

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“CAPE TOWN, April 24 A bus overturned in South Africas KwaZulu-Natal Province, killing eight pupils on board, authorities said on Wednesday.

The accident took place Tuesday night when the driver lost control of the vehicle which was transporting pupils from Richards Bay to Kwaceza in the province, provincial transport spokesman Kwanele Ncalane said.

The accident also injured 25 pupils, five of them in critical condition, Ncalane said.

The cause of the accident was unknown. It was also unknown whether the driver was injured.

Investigations to establish the cause of the accident have started, Ncalane said.

The accident occurred amid growing calls for tougher measures to ensure road safety. A drive home safely campaign is currently underway in the country.

Official figures indicate that at least 241 people died in road accidents over the Easter holiday which began on March 28 and ended on April 1.

South Africa is among the countries which have the highest road fatalities.

The country has more than 700, 000 crashes a year on the average, claiming the lives of three children every day, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC).” – nzweek.com

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US: Irving, Texas, bus accident leaves at least 2 dead, 36+ injured (16 critically) 110413 1700z



NB/SB Texas State Hwy 161 shutdown as crews rescue ‘as many as 40’ from charter bus crash – Texas Charter Bus Overturns in Irving, TX on State Hwy 161 | 40 Trapped inside Bus
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“IRVING, Texas – Rescue crews are on the scene where a charter bus crashed on northbound State Highway 161 near the N. Belt Line Rd. accident in Irving.

The bus is overturned on its side and rescue crew members are currently pulling out trapped passengers. Other passengers are being treated on areas to the side of the wreckage. Both northbound and southbound lanes of 161 have been shut down.

“All I really saw from the distance was a bunch of smoke,” said a witness who was driving on the southbound lanes of 161. “The bus must have hit something, turned on its side, crashed and slid all the way to the guardrail.”

The witness said he saw one person trapped underneath the bus.He said rescue crews came to the scene about four to five minutes after the bus crashed.

Several ambulances and one CareFlite helicopter are at the scene. It is unknown how many people were injured in the crash.” – newswatchstation

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2 dead in Irving bus crash

myfoxdfw.com Apr 11, 2013 5:23 PM GDT

“IRVING –

Two people are dead after a charter bus crashed in Irving this morning on State Highway 161 and Belt Line Road.

The Cardinal Coach Line bus was headed to the Choctaw Casino in Oklahoma.

The bus had just picked up some passengers at a supermarket in Hurst and was headed to the casino.

Witnesses say the bus may have blown a tire.

People driving along the highway stopped their cars and rushed to help those just minutes after the crash.

” Most of the people we pulled out were in shock, they’re just crying, we were just trying to get them out and calm them down,” said Robert Hare.

“It was just people stacked on top of each other and the bus, it was three seats and the aisle was on the bottom, so all three seats feel into the aisle and they’re on top of each other,” said Ed Cluck.

Emergency workers used the emergency exits on top of the bus to pull passengers from the vehicle.

At least 16 people have critical injuries from the accident. Forty people were on board.

Witnesses say many of those on board were not wearing seat belts.

Several fire departments from the surrounding area are on the scene to help the injured.

Careflight was called in to get to those with the most serious injuries.

Many of the injured are headed to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, the Las Colinas Medical Center in Irving and Baylor Hospital in Irving.

Cardinal Coach Line is based in Mansfield.” – myfoxdfw.com

Two Killed, Dozens Injured in Bus Rollover on Bush Turnpike

SH 161 closed, drivers advised to avoid the area for several hours

nbcdfw.com Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 | Updated 11:18 AM CDT

“More than 36 people were injured and two were killed when a private charter bus overturned along state Highway 161/PresidentGeorge Bush Turnpike near Belt Line RoadThursday morning.

Department of Public Safety Trooper Lonny Hashell confirmed two people were killed in the crash.Three dozen people wereinjured andtransported to area hospitals. Officials with the Irving Fire Department said 45 people were on the passenger list.

Sixteen patients are in critical condition while many others suffered only minor injuries, according to emergency crews.The injured arebeing sent to various Dallas-area hospitals including Baylor Irving Medical Center,Las Colinas Medical Center,Parkland Memorial Hospital and Methodist Hospital in Dallas. The Dallas County medical examiner has also been called to the scene.

Injured passengers who were able to walk were loaded on a DART bus for transport to Baylor Irving Hospital. Baylor staff is calling in extra staff to help deal with the injuries.

Initial reports saidthe bus rolled overnear Belt Line Road and that as many as 40 passengerswere trapped inside.Chopper 5watched from aboveas firefighters pulled multiple victims out of the bus.

DPS said the bus was traveling northbound on state Highway 161 when the bus drove onto the right side of the road for an unexplained reason. They hit a rubber attenuator and traveled back across all lanes of the turnpike, on to the grassy median, and then ran up and along the middle concere barrier. The bus flipped over and slid on its side.

Fuel spilled from the bus and out onto the roadway. Emergency crews were still cleaning up that spill hours after the crash was reported.

The bus came downon its right side,the same side as the exit doors, trappingpassengers inside. Passengers had to use emergency hatches on the roof and push out the windows on the left side of the bus to climb out,orawait rescue bypassers by or emergency crews.

The National Traffic Safety Board announced they are also launching a team of regional investigators to the scene of the bus crash.

DPS also said the highway will be shut down for several house following the investigation to allow the scene to be cleared and spilled fuel to be cleaned up. Drivers are enouraged to avoid 161 by using state Highway 114,state Highway 183, or Interstate 635.

The charter bus is owned by Cardinal Coach Lines of Mansfield. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Administration, Cardinal Coach Line has not had any accidents, moving violations, or Department of Transportation driver or vehicle out of service orders or violations.

“Bodies Stacked on Top of Each Other”

Passenger Dan Risik tells NBC 5 the charter bus was headed to Choctaw Casino Resort in Durant, Okla. The bus set out from a Walmart parking lot and was heading north to the casino. After the crash, Risik said people were laying on other people, trapping individuals underneath each other.

Risik said many of the passengers are older individuals, including retirees and senior citizens.

Robert Hare and Ed Couck witnessed the aftermath of the crash and stopped to help injured passengers.

“A lot of people in shock, broken bones,” Hare said. “A couple of people who are dead. They were crushed under the bus.”

“You see this bus on the side of the road, and what can you do?” Hare said. “You just stop, you get out and you do whatever you can to help.”

“Just saw this big white smoke. My first thought it was a street sweeper. Man thats awfully odd, a street sweeper,” Ed Couck said. “Cars started slowing down and you realized it was a vehicle on its side. And obviously a big one, stopped jumped out and got to the front of the vehicle, you look into see who you could help, and it was just people stacked on top of each other.”

Hare and Couck helped pull passengers from the bus.

“Popped the roof hatches and try to get out everybody we could. It was pretty bad, people screaming. There was obviously a lot of pain. It was bad,” Couck said.

NBC 5 has crewsat the scene gathering more information. As this is a developing story, details may change as we receive more information. NBC 5 reporters Ken Kalthoff, Jeff Smith, Keaton Fox, Christine Lee, and editors Greg Janda, Frank Heinz, and others contributed to this story.” – nbcdfw.com

Jordan: Muslim pilgrims’ bus returning from holy shrines in Saudi Arabia crashes. 15 dead, 42 injured – 160313 1450z

Jordan says a bus carrying Palestinian pilgrims has overturned and crashed into a trailer on a highway near the Israeli border, killing 15 people.

A Civil Defense statement says 14 pilgrims and the driver were killed in the Saturday accident, while 32 Palestinians were injured.

The statement says the pilgrims were passing through Jordan on their way back to the West Bank from Muslim holy shrines in the cities of Mecca and Medina in neighboring Saudi Arabia.

It says the bus driver lost control over the brakes, skidded and collided into a trailer, then overturned about 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of the Israeli-controlled Allenby Bridge.

The bridge across the Jordan River is used for passengers and cargo traded with the West Bank.

Saturday, 16 March, 2013 at 13:41 (01:41 PM) UTC RSOE

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At least 42 pilgrims returning from Mecca injured after bus turns over, Jordanian news agency reports.

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Bus crash [file]. Photo: Mandy Hechtman

Fifteen Palestinians and Jordanians were killed and 42 others were injured on Saturday when their bus flipped over on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea road, 25 kilometers southwest of Amman, the Jordanian news agency Petra reported.

Five of the injured were in critical condition, and 25 of the injured were evacuated to Amman hospitals, according to Palestinian news agency Ma’an.

The bus, that was reportedly carrying Palestinians and Jordanians on their way back from a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia, turned over after colliding with a van and a private vehicle. The bus driver was reportedly killed in the crash.

Six of the victims were from the West Bank city of Jenin, while the rest were Jordanian citizens, Army Radio reported.

“We are working on arrangements to bring the bodies to Jenin,” the governor of Jenin Talal Dweikat told Ma’an.

Israel offered its assistance to Jordan. Magen David Adom has offered Jordan to assist with medical care to the Palestinians who were injured, while Transportation Minister Israel Katz instructed the Israel Airports Authority to help the families of the victims of the crash to cross the border into Jordan

US: Bus slammed into school minibus in Old Bridge, New Jersey. 35 injured – 110113 1530z

A New York City-bound commuter bus slammed into a mini school bus Thursday, flipping the school bus on its side and injuring more than a dozen people inside the larger vehicle.

The school bus, which wasn’t carrying children, toppled onto a power supply station in front of an apartment complex.

The commuter bus went off the road and traveled another 60 yards before hitting a telephone pole and smashing into a tree.

At least 17 people on the commuter bus were injured, including the driver.

The driver of the 24-seat school bus and a school aide suffered minor injuries. Police said the two climbed out of a roof hatch.

When the accident occurred shortly after 8 a.m., the school bus was on its way to pick up children at the apartment complex, which sits yards off Route 9, a heavily traveled highway that serves New Jersey’s northern shore region.

The road was closed for most of the morning, creating a massive traffic backup.

The 55-seat Academy bus was carrying 30 to 35 people, Old Bridge Township Police Capt. Robert Weiss said, and was driving on the right shoulder in a lane reserved for commuter buses.

Police were reviewing a video captured by a camera aboard the Academy bus to help determine what happened, but Weiss said it appeared the collision occurred “during a lane change of some sort.”

The commuter bus driver, Daniel Jean-Pierre, a resident of Barnegat, was hired by Academy in May and has a clean driving record, company spokesman Joe Orlando said.

He was seriously injured when his legs were pinned in the bus after it hit the tree, and he was airlifted to a New Brunswick hospital where he underwent surgery Thursday, Orlando said.

A female passenger on the Academy bus also suffered serious injuries and was airlifted to a hospital. Her condition was not immediately known. Some passengers described the chaotic aftermath of the crash.

Friday, 11 January, 2013 at 03:54 (03:54 AM) UTC RSOE