Ten in hospital after bridge crash causes bus roof to rip off

Police, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Ambulance Service were in attendance.

Ten people are in hospital after a bus crashed into a bridge and had its roof torn off near Glasgow’s O2 Academy on Sunday morning.

At around 11.35am on May 21, a bus crashed into a bridge on Cook Street in the southside of the city.

Police, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and the Scottish Ambulance Service were in attendance.

Ten casualties were taken to various hospitals while the rest were treated at the scene.

First Bus confirmed it was one of its buses which was involved.

Road closures are in place in the area.STV News

Road closures were put in place in the area, including on Salkeld Street, Kilbirnie Street and Commerce Street and police were directing traffic in the area.

The public have been advised to avoid the area and drivers are urged to use alternative routes.

A Scottish Fire and Rescue spokesperson said: “We were alerted to reports of an RTC involving a bus in Glasgow on Cook Street at around 11.35am on Sunday, May 21.

“Operations control mobilised three appliances.

“Firefighters are at the scene supporting partners to make the area safe.

“Three casualties were transported to Queen Elizabeth University Hospital by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

“A number of additional casualties have been treated at the scene but do not require to be taken to hospital.”

Chief inspector Elaine Tomlinson, Greater Glasgow Division, said: “Around 11.35am on Sunday, May 21, 2023, we received a report of a bus crashing into a bridge on Cook Street, Glasgow.

“Emergency services attended and 10 people were taken to various hospitals for treatment.

“A number of road closures remain in place, with disruption to some rail services.

“I would like to thank the public for their co-operation and ask they continue to avoid the area while enquires are ongoing.”

A number of emergency service vehicles were seen in the area.STV News

Rail services in the area have also been disrupted due to the incident with trains unable to run between Glasgow Central Station and Paisley Gilmour Street.

Network Rail said that trains would be unable to run until engineers had confirmed that it was safe when the bus is removed.

A spokesperson said: “We’re assisting the emergency services, who are responding to a bus trapped beneath a bridge between Glasgow Central and Paisley Gilmour Street.

“We need to complete a safety inspection of the bridge before trains can use it again. We can only do this once the bus has been removed.”

A First Bus spokesperson said: “We can confirm that one of our buses was involved in the incident on Cook Street earlier today.

“We are working closely with the emergency services at the scene and our thoughts are with those involved in this accident.”

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