Man dead in Orpington Bus crash

Man dead in Orpington Bus crash

Police have confirmed a bus driver, believed to be a 60-year-old man, died in last night’s crash in Orpington.

Around 60 firefighters were involved in rescuing passengers, where 15 were injured, three of them seriously.

Dramatic images from the scene show debris scattered across Sevenoaks Road.

A 24-year-old man was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous and drug driving after a crash involving a car and two buses. He remains in custody.  The victim’s next of kin have been informed.

The wrecked buses were still at the scene this morning, 1st November and local residents said that a house had also been damaged in the crash.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “Police were called to Sevenoaks Road in Orpington at 10.12pm on Thursday following a report of a road traffic collision.

“Officers, London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service all attended to a collision between two London buses and one car.

“One person was pronounced dead at the scene. Next of kin have been informed.

“Paramedics also treated 15 casualties, three of whom are suffering from serious injuries. The remaining have minor injuries.

“A man, the driver of the car, has been arrested on suspicion of death by dangerous driving, he is currently in police custody.”

Six fire engines, two rescue units and around 60 firefighters attended the scene.

Graham Ellis, Assistant Commissioner of the London Fire Brigade, said: “Firefighters rescued several casualties from the buses and immediately undertook First Aid, being joined by colleagues from London Ambulance Service.

“Firefighters also made the vehicles and surrounding area safe.”

Detectives from the Met’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit (SCIU) are investigating and are appealing for witnesses or anyone with dash cam, mobile phone or CCTV footage of the collision to urgently get in touch.

Anyone with information is asked to call the incident room number on 020 8285 1574 or police on 101 quoting CAD 9509/31OCT.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire