Luton Dunstable Busway: Passenger recounts horror crash

Picture courtesy of Kimberley Clasing
Picture courtesy of Kimberley Clasing

A woman has described the moment she was violently thrown forward when the bus she was travelling on smashed into the back of another vehicle on the Luton-Dunstable Busway.

More than 30 passengers were left injured after a two-bus collision at around 3pm on Saturday, near Chaul End Lane.

Picture courtesy of Kimberley Clasing

Picture courtesy of Kimberley Clasing

East of England Ambulance Service (EEAST) has said that 15 passengers were taken to Luton & Dunstable Hospital, five of whom suffered serious injuries.

Kimberley Clasing, 23, from Luton, was on her way to Dunstable’s Party in the Park when the Centrebus B she was travelling on crashed into the back of a Grant Palmer bus.

Miss Clasing told the Luton News that the crash occurred as a result of the bus ahead stopping suddenly, and the following bus driver not noticing soon enough to prevent the bus, travelling “between 40 and 50” miles per hour, from impacting.

She said: “Everyone on the bus was forced forward due to impact.

Kimberley Clasing injured her knee in the crash

Kimberley Clasing injured her knee in the crash

“From what I know a lady broke her wrist, a girl smashed her head and jaw on a pole, one woman was literally thrown from her chair, and the chair uprooted from its bolts.

“A few people had whiplash and me and my boyfriend smashed our knees up.

“My boyfriend has not long had surgery on his knees so the impact has caused swelling and he is struggling to walk properly at the moment, but was told there was no operation needed and no damage done internally.

“My knee is in pain and I will find out later on if I have a crack in it or not.”

Following the incident EEAST dispatched six ambulance crews to the scene, while Bedfordshire Fire Service also sent three fire engines and a rescue unit.

Luton Borough Council says it will not comment on the incident until a Beds Police investigation concludes.

Grant Palmer has said that it wishes those injured in the collision a “speedy recovery”.