Miracle escape as bus and two cars crash in Cheltenham
BUS passengers and motorists had a miracle escape from serious injury after a rush hour crash in the centre of Cheltenham last night.
Stagecoach's 99 service packed with passengers collided with a blue Mini and silver Toyota Auris in Lansdown Road just before 6pm.
Despite the impact of the smash and witnesses reporting plumes of dust and smoke coming from the vehicles, emergency services said nobody was seriously hurt.
One woman, believed to be travelling in the Toyota, was treated on the scene for minor injuries.
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Those bus passengers that were unhurt, the Stagecoach driver and the driver of the Mini were ushered from the scene, it is understood.
Onlookers were stunned at the smash, but quickly jumped into action to help passengers and the drivers involved.
One witness, who asked not to be named, said: "People were helping those involved.
"There was a guy with a stethoscope immediately on the scene – I think he was on the bus, which goes between the hospitals in Cheltenham and Gloucester."
Another witness added: "It looked really serious. It must have been some impact.
"I'm amazed nobody was badly hurt. It's a lucky escape if everyone was okay."
Mike Audus, described the scene.
The 41-year-old from Leckhampton said: "I drove down Lansdown Road and saw around 15 emergency cars and ambulances. "One of the cars was a blue Mini.
"The airbags were deployed and the front end was smashed up.
"They hadn't cut off the roof to the car, which probably means the driver got out.
"I was coming from town towards the police station and traffic was moving both ways.
"Police were in the road directing cars going out of town along the bus and taxi lane."
Four police cars from the nearby Cheltenham police HQ, two ambulances and one fire crew were on the scene within minutes. Fire crews from Cheltenham East station spent several minutes making the Mini safe by disconnecting its battery to prevent a fire.
The crash happened on the Cheltenham-bound carriageway. One lane was still closed when the Echo went to press last night. Stagecoach was unavailable for comment.
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