London Fire Brigade

Bus crashed into a shop in Lavender Hill, Battersea

10 August 2017

Two fire engines and three fire rescue units were called to the scene this morning when a bus crashed into a shop front in Lavender Hill in Battersea.

The bus driver was taken to a south London hospital and London Ambulance Service treated a number of passengers at the scene. Around 15 passengers evacuated the bus before the Brigade arrived and crews used an aerial ladder platform to bring two people who had been trapped on the upper deck to safety.

Station Manager Ben King who was at the scene said: "This was a challenging incident in the early stages but crews worked hard to stabilise the shop and assist casualties alongside London Ambulance Service colleagues. "The incident also involved some complex cutting to gain access to the upper deck of the bus so we could reach the two passengers who were trapped before lowering them to safety using an aerial ladder platform."

Local road closures are in place and motorists are advised to avoid the area.

The Brigade was called at 0655 and the incident was over for firefighters at 0953. Crews from Battersea, Chelsea, Heston and Croydon fire stations attended the incident.