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One dead as buses and lorry hit


Scene of the accident on the A630 Doncaster Road at Hooton Roberts near Rotherham

A bus driver has been killed in a collision between two buses and a lorry in South Yorkshire.

Police said at least 14 other people were injured in the crash on the A630 Doncaster Road at Hooton Roberts near Rotherham.

Two of those were taken to Rotherham hospital with serious injuries.

Bus company First Group Travel said one of its drivers had died. The other bus driver has been held on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

BBC correspondent Danny Savage, at the scene, said he could see one double decker bus, a skip wagon and a second bus had been involved in the crash.

We will be working closely with the police as part of their investigation
Bus company First Group Travel

First Group Travel confirmed one of its vehicles was the double decker involved in the collision.

In a statement the firm said: "At approximately 1515 GMT, one of our buses, X78 travelling towards Doncaster, was involved in a collision on Doncaster Road in Rotherham.

"Sadly the First bus driver has tragically lost his life as a result of the collision.

"The deepest sympathies of everyone here at First are with the family and friends of the driver.

"We also understand a number of passengers on the X78 service have sustained injuries, our thoughts are also with them.

"We will be working closely with the police as part of their investigation."

Map showing site of crash
The crash happened shortly after 1500 GMT

Doncaster Council said the other bus involved was owned by a company called TM Travel.

Insp Pete Serhatlic, of South Yorkshire Police, said the TM Travel single decker bus appeared to been travelling down a side road towards the A630 immediately before the collision.

He said a detailed investigation was now under way to try to piece together what happened.

Mr Serhatlic said: "At approximately 1530 GMT a First Mainline bus on the Sheffield to Doncaster route, travelling toward Doncaster, was in collision with a skip wagon.

"Also involved was a TM coach which appears to have come out of Ravenfield Lane."

He said two of the injured people were seriously hurt and had been taken to Rotherham General Hospital. The others were taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary with minor injuries.

"It's very early days. The collection of evidence at the scene is ongoing," he said.

Specialist fire and rescue crews worked to free the injured.

Twenty five firefighters from Rotherham, Edlington and Mexborough and seven ambulances were called to the scene.

Police said surrounding roads were closed as emergency services worked at the scene with the closures expected to be in place "for some time", a spokesman said.

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