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Lucky escape as agricultural crashes into bus near Copthorne



A bus driver has had a very lucky escape this morning as his vehicle was hit by a agricultural vehicle near Copthorne.

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The photos show the full extent of the damage caused and the driver was very lucky to escape with only bruising and a broken bone.

There were no passengers on the bus at the time of the incident.

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A passer-by called the emergency services who were quick to attend.

Steve Wallis, Managing Director of Southdown PSV said:

“I can confirm that an agricultural vehicle collided with a stationary bus operated by Southdown after overtaking and striking a van making repairs to a pothole in West Park Road, Newchapel shortly after 12:30 yesterday.

Thanks to our driver’s quick reaction to stop his vehicle, he averted a much more serious incident. Our driver sustained minor injuries in this incident and was taken to East Surrey Hospital for assessment but was released shortly after. No passengers were on board at the time of the incident.”


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Why was Crawley and Ifield Avenue closed last night?

Just before 8pm last night (13th Dec) drivers reported being diverted as they approached the roundabout.



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At around 7:45 pm police closed Crawley Avenue and Ifield Avenue.

A man was seen threatening to jump from the road bridge.

Police and ambulances arrived on the scene and quickly secured the area by closing the roads and diverting traffic.  Many reported buses having to detour through Ifield.

The man was eventually detained under Section 136 of the Mental Health Act.

The road was reopened at 8pm.

The man has now been passed into the care of health professionals.

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