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One killed and up to 40 injured after migrant workers' bus crashes near Alton Towers

Posted on 1:30 PM by Sameer Shah

One person has been killed and up to 40 people are injured following a horror bus crash near the Alton Towers theme park.

Rescue services are working desperately to free seven people who are still caught in the wreckage tonight.

Police confirmed one person had been killed in the crash which happened just before 6pm.


Three others, including a 20-year-old woman, have been airlifted to Selly Oak Hospital.

West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman Murray McGregor said: "It's very serious. We have got lots of resources there."

Two helicopters, eight ambulances, four rapid response cars, a doctor and two first responders have been sent to the scene.

Unconfirmed reports said the injured were migrant workers who were believed to have visited the park.

The double decker collided with at least one car on the bridge in the village of Alton, Staffordshire, before careering into a garden, and not into the water, as earlier thought.

Bradley Ford was in a nearby field and was one of the first people on the scene.

He told the BBC he thought the coach was carrying about 50 foreign workers from a farm near Peterborough on a day trip to the Alton Towers theme park, which is about half a mile away.


'I heard this massive crash and rumble - crunching metal. It sounded initially like a thunderstorm, but then we heard shouts and screams,' he said.

'When I got to the scene there was a bus overturned and it looked like it had ploughed into a car and down into a garden.

'There were many walking wounded being seen to by ambulance staff, and half a dozen with head wounds.'


Mr Ford said he used his first aid training to try to help the crash victims, getting nearby residents to bring bandages and blankets.

'With the theme park kicking out, there's a lot of traffic on the roads, and they're all being diverted.

'Police and fire crews are cleaning up the rubble - the fire crews have stabilised the vehicles.'

West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman Murray McGregor said: 'It's very serious. We have got lots of resources there.

'I'm aware that there are reports that the bus collided with a car.

'Up to seven people are still trapped in the coach, but it's changing all the time.

'Three people are very seriously injured and up to thirty people are walking wounded.'

Two helicopters, eight ambulances, four rapid response cars, a doctor and two first responders have been sent to the scene.

The 20-year-old woman has been airlifted into Selly Oak Hospital and her injuries are being assessed.

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