Page last updated at 17:29 GMT, Saturday, 29 November 2008

Four hurt as bus driver collapses

Scene (pic: Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service)
The bus crashed on Friday (pic: Shropshire Fire and Rescue Service)

A bus mounted the pavement and hit four women before crashing into a historic Shropshire hotel, when the driver collapsed at the wheel.

The driver, Alan Taylor, 71, from Cleobury Mortimer, died at the scene of the crash outside The Feathers Hotel on Bull Ring, Ludlow, on Friday evening.

Two of the women were seriously injured and remain in a stable condition in hospital, according to police.

The other two were treated for minor injuries, the ambulance service said.

'Lot of commotion'

All four women were taken to the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital.

Four fire engines and five ambulances went to the scene.

There were no passengers on the R & B Travel bus at the time, West Mercia police said.

Ian Wells, from the nearby Emporos gift shop and cafe, said two people had apparently got trapped under the bus and there was "quite a lot of commotion".

But he added the incident could have been a "lot, lot worse".

'Somebody screamed'

Mr Wells said: "Shops had started to close, so it had thinned out. It wasn't as busy as it was today (Saturday).

"We were just locking up the shop... heard a crash, somebody screamed 'Can you get an ambulance?'.

"Somebody ran out from the butchers' shop down the side of the road. I came out and the bus had gone into the building."

The ambulance service said it was called to the scene at about 1720 GMT on Friday.

R & B Travel has been unavailable for comment.

Police have appealed for witnesses.



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