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Coach crash sees 13 injured

Posted in: Public Transport Road Traffic Accidents 

After a coach crashed into a lorry on the A1 in Cambridgeshire early yesterday morning, thirteen people have required hospital treatment. The coach, which had been carrying over 40 passengers, had been returning to Newcastle from a work night out in London when it collided with a lorry on the northbound carriageway between Brampton and Buckden at 05:30 BST. 29 of the passengers had their injuries assessed by ambulance workers and were taken to a medical centre in St Neots – thirteen of which, however, were taken immediately to a nearby hospital.

Two of the injured passengers were rushed to Addenbrookes Hospital with quite severe injuries, with the other eleven being taken to Hinchingbrooke with less serious injuries – said the ambulance service.  One emergency service spokesman said that it was lucky that nobody had been killed in the vehicle collision.

Replacement coach

The northbound carriageway has been closed with only one lane open southbound; this is due to reopen over the next few days. A replacement coach picked up the uninjured passengers and some of the passengers that were discharged from Hinchingbrooke’s minor injuries.

Callum Faint, from Cambridgeshire Fire Service, said: “The lorry had overturned and was lying across the carriageway.”  He continued by saying that both of the coach’s drivers had been trapped due to the impact of the collision, and all the other passengers of the coach were suffering minor impact injuries of all different degrees of severity. The two passengers that required immediate hospital treatment had to be cut out of the coach using specialist cutting-equipment.

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