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‘I cannot thank people enough’ Crawley mother sends thanks to residents and emergency services after Hawth Ave bus crash

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Residents helped emergency services treat injured passengers at the side of the road.

It was meant to be a lovely day out with her partner, four young children and their grandmother.

A quick trip on the bus from the town centre to Tilgate Park was all it was to take until things changed in seconds.

A Crawley mother who was on the Route 2 Metrobus and who has asked to be kept anonymous recounts the moments of the accident.

“I was standing on the bus with my two youngest in buggies and my older two sat with their Grandmother.

Suddenly I heard a bang and glass shattering and I was thrown to the floor. There was screaming from all the passengers and we were all covered in glass including all my children.

Her partner added:

“I turned round to speak to my partner and I saw the van heading straight towards us and saw it collide with the bus.

He was going pretty quick. No attempt to stop, no skid marks.

Then the adrenaline kicked in and there was panic everwhere. It took a good couple of minutes to open the emergency exits.

When I got out and looked over at the van I could see the driver still inside. I helped people off the bus and helped move them back away. One guy stayed on the bus to support the bus driver.

It took a good couple of minutes to open the emergency exits.”

The mother also added:

There was a desperate struggle to open the emergency exits which took a little while to do. When we got out you could see petrol dripping away but luckily the fire brigade arrived in time.”

The young mother managed to escape with only cuts and bruises and her partner suffered torn tissue in his arm. Luckily the children were uninjured.

But it was the actions of the locals nearby that really touched the mother and her family saying:

“I can’t thank people enough. To all the people that were nearby that offered water, thankyou! To the lady nearby who filled up my babies milk bottle so I could feed him, thankyou!

I really want to thank everyone who helped and hope everyone who was involved in the accident a speedy recovery.

The emergency services were all amazing and I cannot thank them enough.”

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‘End the Rail Rip-Off’ says Crawley Council Leader

The call comes just as prices have been announced to increase for another year.

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Cllr Peter Lamb who is also the Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Crawley has called for an end to the ‘Rail Rip-Off’ after it was announced that rail fares are to increase for another year.

Cllr Lamb says that the price of a season ticket between Three Bridges and central London has risen by over £1,100 since the Conservatives returned to Government while at the same time average real wages have fallen.

His call comes as more commuters question the quality of the services they are enduring with more and more taking to social media to complain of the lack of facilities and delays.

Cllr Peter Lamb, said:

“Like many residents, I depend upon the rail network to get to work. I know the frustration of being asked to pay out more and more every year for a service that just keeps getting worse. It’s time we had MPs who were willing to end the Rail Rip-Off and give the public back control over the nation’s railways.“

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