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16th Oct 2023

Casualties taken to hospital after bus crashes into Manchester shop

Manchester bus crash

The crash happened in the city centre

Emergency services have responded to a crash in Manchester city centre after a bus crashed into a building.

Police, fire service vehicles and ambulance crews were rushed to the scene in Piccadilly Gardens in the heart of the city, and a cordon is currently in place.

The incident occurred around 1:15pm on Monday (October 16) when the single-decker bus struck the T4 bubble tea cafe and the bus station has now been closed off to the public, the BBC reports.

In a statement, Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “At 1.15pm today, two fire engines from Manchester Central and Salford fire stations as well as the technical response unit from Ashton fire station were called to an incident on Parker Street, Manchester city centre.

“Crews remain in attendance.”

Footage shared on X by @NorthMCRStem showed emergency crews at the scene.

In a separate statement, Greater Manchester Police said: “At around 1pm today (Monday 16 October) police were called to reports of a collision involving a bus and a shop in Piccadilly Gardens.

“Police alongside colleagues in the Northwest Ambulance Service and Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue have been in attendance.

“There are road closures in the area whilst emergency services remain at the scene dealing with the collision and officers from GMP’s Serious Collision Investigation Unit are in attendance.

“We would ask members of the public to avoid the area where possible whilst officers establish the full circumstances.”

Meanwhile, Transport for Greater Manchester said Piccadilly Gardens is “currently closed to all bus services”, adding that Metrolink services would also not be stopping there.

North West Ambulance Service confirmed that there were a “number of casualties” following the incident.

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