Bus ploughs into shops
PUBLISHED: 11:49 09 January 2009 | UPDATED: 15:47 07 September 2010
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Ten people were left injured when a double-decker smashed into a parade of shops in Westbourne Grove. The number 23 bus careered off the road after colliding with a van and then smashed into an art gallery and an estate agents. The accident happened at ab
Ten people were left injured when a double-decker smashed into a parade of shops in Westbourne Grove.
The number 23 bus careered off the road after colliding with a van and then smashed into an art gallery and an estate agents.
The accident happened at about 11am on Monday.
The two drivers and eight bus passengers were treated for minor injuries at St Mary's and Charing Cross Hospitals.
There was massive damage to the front windows of the Lacy Gallery and Bective Leslie Marsh estate agents.
Shop assistant at nearby Comptoir des Cotonniers in Westbourne Grove, Vanessa Govan, said: "There were ambulances and police cars everywhere.
"The van came in front of the bus when it swerved and went into the estate agents and art gallery.
"It was engrained in the window - they were trying to get it out for ages.
"They have only just removed the bus and the accident happened this morning.
"The road was completely blocked off and people haven't been able to get through all day."
Another shop owner who witnessed the shocking events, but preferred not to be named, said: "The bus took out the front window of Bective Leslie Marsh and then lodged itself in the Lacy Gallery.
"I heard, 'oh my god, oh my god', and then saw a huge cloud of dust.
"There were about seven or eight ambulances there within 20 minutes."
A police spokesman confirmed the roads around the area were closed after the accident but said there were no arrests.
"Police were called at 10.59am to reports of a bus in collision with a van and a shop at Westbourne Grove junction with Ledbury Road," he said.
"Local officers and London Ambulance Service attended and 10 people were reported with minor injuries.
"The cause of the collision will be investigated."
A spokeswoman for Transport for London said: "There was an incident involving a Route 23.
"There will be a full investigation into the incident.
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