Passengers trapped on London bus after it smashes into shops

Several people have been injured after a bus crashed into a shop in South London this morning.

At around 7am, a number 77 bus smashed into the shop in Lavender Hill, close to Clapham Junction, as people made their way to work.

The driver of the bus has been taken to hospital following the collision in Battersea while two women are said to be trapped on the top deck, conscious and breathing.

Firefighters are on the scene using cutting equipment to free them.

London Ambulance Service later said that they had treated six patients following the crash and they are still on the scene.

London Fire Brigade, the London Ambulance Service and officers from the Metropolitan Police are currently at the scene.

Picture taken with permission from the Twitter feed of Brendan Pfahlert showing the scene in Lavender Hill, southwest London, after a bus left the road and hit a shop. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday August 10, 2017.

The front of the bus is badly damaged on both top and bottom decks. Emergency workers were seen helping people to get off the bus through the emergency exits.

A crane was also being used to help people evacuate from the top deck.

There is currently no indication of how many people were on the bus or how many people have been injured.

Police were called just before 7am to reports of a bus hitting a building on Lavender Hill, near Clapham Junction train station in south-west London

A Transport for London spokeswoman said a route 77 double-decker bus was involved in the incident in Wandsworth.

Photos on social media show the vehicle on the pavement and smashed into the front of the Poggen Pohl Kitchen Design Centre.

Glass lies shattered across the ground and paramedics can be seen tending to people on the top deck.

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Emergency services at the scene in Lavender Hill, southwest London, after a bus left the road and hit a shop. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday August 10, 2017. A Transport for London spokeswoman said a route 77 double-decker bus was involved in the incident. See PA story ACCIDENT Bus. Photo credit should read: Neil Lancefield/PA Wire

 

Local resident Brendan Pfahlert said the smash ‘sounded like a large amount of glass being dropped’.

Wandsworth Police tweeted: ‘Road will be closed for sometime, we have reports of casualties unable to confirm severity at this time.’