At least five people have been seriously hurt in a crash involving to two buses in Brighton city centre.
Two people suffered life-threatening injuries and at least 11 more people were rushed to hospital when the two buses collided in Queens Road, in the centre of the city at 9:22am on Monday.
The managing director of the company which owns both vehicles, Brighton & Hove buses Martin Harris said there would be a “full investigation”.
"All passengers were evacuated and the emergency services have been in attendance, along with our operational team", he added.
Sussex Police said there were six to eight “walking wounded” following the collision and have advised drivers to avoid the city centre for the next few hours.
They declare the crash a “major incident” and have set up a walk-in triage centre to treat the wounded.
The South East Coast Ambulance Service tweeted:
Winding down now from Brighton bus incident. Our clinicians have treated 23 patients in total, with 7 ambs, 6 response cars, air amb & HART— SECAmb (@SECAmbulance) July 6, 2015
7 patients taken to Royal Sussex County Hosp inc 2 with very serious injuries. 6 further patients taken to Princess Royal in Haywards Heath— SECAmb (@SECAmbulance) July 6, 2015
Our Paramedics & Paramedic Practitioners assessed, treated & discharged a further 10 patients at scene without need for transport to hosp— SECAmb (@SECAmbulance) July 6, 2015
According to the Brighton Argus, one eye witness saw the emergency services saw the emergency services break a window to pull out a woman later taken to hospital on a stretcher and had to use another bus to pull the two apart.
One witness, who only gave his name as Roy, said the driver, who was initially trapped in the second cab, was conscious as he was pulled out.
He said: "They stopped an open-top bus to tow the front bus away from the one behind. The second bus was literally embedded into the first one and some steam was coming out of the engine.
"In my humble opinion it's an accident waiting to happen because the road has been narrowed down so much. It's a nightmare."
Brighton & Hove MP Caroline Lucas tweeted:
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