Page last updated at 12:12 GMT, Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Four hurt as bus hits low bridge

Wallsend bus crash
Passengers on the upper deck of the bus received minor injuries

The driver of a double-decker bus and three passengers were hurt when the roof of the vehicle was sliced off as it hit a low bridge on Tyneside.

The accident happened in The Avenue, Wallsend, on Tuesday afternoon, when the Stagecoach bus struck a 12ft-high bridge used by Metro trains.

The bus company said the driver had apparently taken a wrong turn and an investigation has begun.

A police spokeswoman said none of the injuries was serious.

The Stagecoach spokesman said: "The driver of the bus has more than 20 years' service. Initial indications are that he took a wrong turn as the correct route does not take the bus under the bridge.

"Six passengers were on the bus at the time. Three passengers were seated towards the rear of the vehicle on the upper deck, most of which was sheared off as a result of the accident.

"Thankfully, we understand there were only minor injuries from flying glass. The driver was also taken to hospital suffering from shock.

"We will be looking to analyse CCTV footage of the incident as part of our investigation."

Police closed the road so the vehicle could be recovered, but an initial investigation showed the bridge was undamaged.

Tyne and Wear Metro services between Wallsend and Chillingham Road were delayed for a time.

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