Sussex bus crash: Passenger rushed to hospital with head injury as roof ripped off in…


A woman has been rushed to hospital with a head injury after a double decker bus smashed into the underside of a bridge in Sussex.

Dramatic pictures show the vehicle’s roof torn off in the impact that left debris strewn across the road.

The bus was travelling between Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill when it crashed at 6.40am today.

The South East Coast Ambulance Service said the driver and a passenger were seen by paramedics following the smash.

A spokesman for the service confirmed paramedics attended the scene after reports a bus had hit a bridge on Rocky Lane, Haywards Heath.

He said: “A woman was assessed and treated at the scene before being taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital with a head injury. The driver of the bus was also assessed and treated but was discharged from our care at the scene.”

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Sussex bus crash roof ripped off
The pictures show the bus roof ripped off as it appeared to have tried to pass under the bridge
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Mid Sussex Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Inspector Darren Taylor tweeted: “The team, along with our fire and ambulance colleagues, have had to attend Rocky Lane this morning as a bus has misjudged the bridge and hit the bridge, damaging its top level.

“Ambulance colleagues are attending to some passengers.

“Please avoid the road at his stage.”

It is not known whether any passengers were travelling on the top deck of the bus when it crashed.

Double decker bus roof shorn off in bridge collision
The roof of the double decker was shorn off in the collision

It is also not clear whether the road was part of the bus service’s regular route.

Diversions for bus services have been in place and diverting traffic down Rocky Lane locally since earlier this month as roadworks took place on a nearby route.

It is unclear whether the bus was following the diverted route before crashing this morning.

The Mirror has approached Sussex Police for comment.

The bus service believed to operate the vehicle has also been contacted for comment.

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