UPDATE: Bus driver critically injured after Luton head-on collision

A bus driver was left in a critical condition after a head-on smash with another bus in Luton yesterday.

Wednesday, 11th April 2018, 1:24 pm
Updated Wednesday, 11th April 2018, 1:51 pm
The Grant Palmer bus after the incident

At around 4pm, a Centrebus collided directly with a Grant Palmer bus on the Station Road part of the busway, near its crossing with New Bedford Road.

A total of 13 people were injured in the incident, including the driver of the Grant Palmer bus who suffered serious injuries.

Two people were reportedly trapped in the immediate aftermatch of the collision and New Bedford Road remained closed for hours as emergency services worked to remove the two buses.

The Centrebus after the collision

Dave Shelley, director of Grant Palmer Ltd, said: “We are supporting our driver who is receiving treatment in hospital following the collision,

“The thoughts of all the staff at GPL and many of our customers are with him.

“We are also mindful that some passengers on the buses required treatment at hospital, and wish them well. We understand that the Beds, Cambs and Herts collaborative road policing unit and DVSA are investigating the incident and will be supporting that investigation fully with the information and technology we have available.

“Our current priority continues to be the wellbeing of everyone affected.”

The scene of the collision

A spokesman for Centrebus added: “We are carrying out a full and thorough investigation whilst working closely with the relevant authorities.

“We send our best wishes to those injured in the incident along with a speedy recovery.”

The Centrebus after the collision
The scene of the collision