A double-decker bus has crashed into a Poggenpohl Kitchen Design Centre in Lavender Hill, south London, causing the shop front to collapse.
The crash, which took place at around 7am, left two women trapped on the upper deck, but the London Fire Brigade confirmed that they remained conscious.
The bus driver has been taken to hospital and other casualties are being treated at the scene, police confirmed.
One of the passengers, Amy Mullineux from Wandsworth, told the BBC that the driver had lost consciousness before the crash.
“I spoke to him. He said he blacked out before the bus hit the shop. He doesn’t remember hitting anything. The paramedic told me they think he had some kind of fit.”
Local resident, Brendan Pfahlert, told the BBC the crash “sounded like a large amount of glass being dropped”.
A Transport for London spokesperson confirmed the crash involved a number 77 bus and that an investigation was currently under way.
Commenting on the incident, Poggenpohl UK managing director Simon Richmond said: “We are relieved that no one from our team was injured as the showroom had not yet opened for the day, but our thoughts are with the driver and passengers on the bus as we understand there have been casualties.
“We hope to return to business as usual as soon as possible, but the front of the showroom has been severely damaged so in the short term all ongoing business and new enquiries will be managed from Poggenpohl’s nearby studios in Pimlico and Waterloo.”
- Main image courtesy of the London Fire Brigade