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17th Jan 2023

70 people on board double-decker bus that ‘rolled over’ in major incident in Somerset

Steve Hopkins

The bus was reportedly carrying workers to Hinckley Point C nuclear power station

A major incident has been declared after a double-decker bus overturned in Somerset on Tuesday with dozens of people on board.

Avon and Somerset Police said officers were called around 6am to the A39, Quantock Road, in Bridgewater.

Sky News reported that the bus was taking workers to Hinckley Point C nuclear power station at the time of the incident.

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service said 70 people were on board the bus when it “rolled over”.

A motorcyclist was also involved in the incident.

Multiple injuries have been reported, but no fatalities have been confirmed as of yet.

The force urged people to travel only “if it is absolutely essential”.

“The conditions are extremely icy and dangerous due to the freezing conditions overnight and residual water on the road from the past week’s wet weather,” it added on Twitter.

Avon and Somerset Police say 53 crashes were reported on Monday evening.

A further 67 calls were received for other road-related incidents, between 6pm and 11pm on Monday, taking the total number of reports to more than 100 in five hours.

Seven of these incidents were reported to have resulted in injuries, but they are not thought to be serious.

This is a breaking news story. More to follow.