Double decker bus smashes into shop near Oxford Street in London

A double-decker bus dramatically smashed through a building next to a pub near London’s Oxford Street on Tuesday morning.

Emergency services were called after the yellow bus, thought to be the number 8, crashed into the shop front next door to All Bar One in New Oxford Street, near Tottenham Court Road Tube station, shortly after 10am.

Two people were treated by paramedics at the scene, with one taken to hospital.

Police initially said the bus hit a pub, but the London Ambulance Service later clarified that it hit a shop front beside the All Bar One.

Images shared on social media show the vehicle lodged into the front of the stone building with shattered glass on the floor around it.

It’s not clear yet if the neighbouring All Bar One was open at the time of the incident, but according to its operating hours on Google, it opened at 10am.

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One person was taken to hospital following the crash on Tuesday morning (Mark Arby @markarby/Twitter)

One person told the Daily Telegraph the crash sounded “like a bomb”. The woman called 999 and said a group of builders helped pull the driver out of one of the windows on the bus.

She said: “I heard a loud crash and everyone ran out to see what happened. It felt like a bomb. We looked outside and saw the bus had crashed into the shop next door.”

London Ambulance Service sent an ambulance crew and an incident response officer to the scene of the crash. A spokesperson said: “We treated two people. We took one patient to hospital and discharged the other at the scene.”

Emergency workers at the scene of a bus crash in New Oxford Street (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)
One person was taken to hospital after the bus crashed into the building (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)

London Fire Brigade responded with two fire engines and two fire and rescue units from Soho, Euston and Battersea fire stations.

A spokesperson said: “Firefighters are at the scene of a road traffic collision on New Oxford Street in Soho.

“One double decker bus collided into the front of a building. One man left the bus before the Brigade’s arrival and is being assessed on scene by London Ambulance Service crews.

The bus is pulled from the shop front (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)
The damage left by the bus crashing into the building (Jonathan Brady/PA Wire)

“There are currently no further reports of injuries. Road closures are in place and people are advised to avoid the area at this time.”

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson said: “We were called at 10.16am on Tuesday, 5 March to reports that a bus had collided with a pub in New Oxford Street, WC1.

New Oxford Street, which links to Oxford Street, was closed as the bus was removed from the front of the building.

Transport for London said there were no passengers onboard the Stagecoach London-operated bus at the time of the incident.

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