East Mersea bus and lorry crash injures 18

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Firefighters have been called to an RTC involving a single decker bus and a HGV which was carrying a steam traction engine.

The steam traction engine fell from the lorry and onto the bus trapping and injuring a number of passengers.

One critically injured man has been flown to the Royal London Hospital, four patients have been taken to Colchester Hospital with serious but non- life-threatening injuries. Eleven patients have been taken to both Colchester and Broomfield hospitals with various minor injuries, and two patients were treated and discharged at the scene.

Crews used specialist cutting equipment to release two casulaties trapped. Both were left in the care of the Ambulance Service.

There are a number people injured at this incident, believed to be around 30 people, who are all in the care of the Ambulance Service. The Air Ambulance was also in attendance at this incident.

Essex Police have issued the following statement:

“Police are at the scene of a serious road traffic collision on East Road, East Mersea, which happened just before 9.50am this morning, Wednesday, September 23.

“A collision has occurred between a bus and a white low-loader lorry which was carrying a black static steam engine.

“The driver of the bus had to be released by the fire service and has been airlifted to the Royal London Hospital with life threatening injuries.

“The bus was carrying 32 people, four of whom have serious injuries and have been taken to Colchester General Hospital. The remainder are less seriously injured and a large proportion are either uninjured or walking wounded.

“A 51-year-old man from Great Yarmouth has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and is currently in custody.

“The road is likely to remain closed for most of the day.

“Police believed the lorry travelled from Lowestoft this morning. Officers are appealing for anyone who saw it on its journey to contact them.

“Anyone with information should call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or email collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk

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