12 hurt in ‘serious’ crash between a bus and van in Crawley

The crash scene in Hawth Avenue. Photo: Eddie Mitchell SUS-190108-140122001
The crash scene in Hawth Avenue. Photo: Eddie Mitchell SUS-190108-140122001

Twelve people were rushed to hospital following a ‘serious’ crash between a bus and a van in Crawley this morning.

The air ambulance and a fleet of ambulance vehicles attended the scene in Hawth Avenue following the crash soon before 11.30am.

Scene of the crash in Hawth Avenue. Photo: Eddie Mitchell SUS-190108-140110001

Scene of the crash in Hawth Avenue. Photo: Eddie Mitchell SUS-190108-140110001

The injured included the drivers of both the bus and van, according to a spokesman for the South East Coast Ambulance Service.

However, he said, most of the injured were described as ‘walking wounded’. He added: “No life threatening injuries were reported.”

The victims were taken to East Surrey Hospital for treatment.

Bus firm Metrobus said that buses on its Route 2 service were diverted via Haslett Avenue because of the ‘very serious accident.’

A spokeswoman said: “A route 2 Metrobus bus and a van collided at the junction of Furnace Drive and Hawth Avenue in Crawley at 11.28am today.”

She said the bus driver had suffered knee injuries in the crash.

See video from the scene here

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