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One dead after bus station crash

The scene minutes after the crash
One injured person can be seen in this photo taken after the crash

A 66-year-old woman has died in hospital after two buses collided at a bus station in the Black Country.

She was one of six people taken to hospital after the accident at the bus station in Walsall town centre.

It is thought a single-decker Arriva bus went the wrong way down a one-way street and collided with a double-decker and three other cars.

Police said the woman was a pedestrian. A 59-year-old woman is in a serious but stable condition in hospital.

A West Midlands Ambulance spokesman said another woman suffered leg injuries and three men in their 40s suffered minor injuries.

One bus next to two cars involved in the crash
The bus also collided with three other vehicles

The Arriva bus driver is among the injured. Another person was treated at the scene for shock.

The injuries could have been far worse given the number of vehicles involved, the spokesman added.

An investigation has been opened and no-one has been arrested, West Midlands Police said.

An eye witness said both buses had a lot of passengers on board.

He said: "I heard some loud bangs and then some screams. I have never heard anything like it.

"The bus hit a van and a car and it was only stopped by the number 51 bus, a Travel West Midlands bus."

He added he saw three people lying on the floor, one of whom seemed to have a head injury and another with ripped trousers.

Steve Swingler, of Centro-West Midlands passenger transport authority, said the bus station had now reopened and services would be back to normal on Tuesday.



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