Coventry Bus Crash: Tributes Paid To Victims
5 October 2015, 08:06
Flowers have been laid at the scene of a bus in Coventry which killed a young boy and a woman over the weekend.
A nine-year-old girl, also injured when the double decker bus crashed into a supermarket on Saturday night, is in a life-threatening condition.
The 8-year-old was on the top deck while the woman was on the pavement outside the store last night when it happened.
Witnesses claim the X18 bus, "skidded out of control" when it hit a number of cars and a lamppost before crashing into the Sainsbury's on the corner of Hales Street and Trinity street at 6 o'clock
The 8 year old boy from Leamington who was on that top deck sadly died at the scene as did a woman believed to be in her 70's and from Nuneaton who was just walking by the store tragically at that time.
A 9 year old girl is also critically ill at Birmingham's Children's Hospital with multiple injuries. There were also 4 men and a woman treated for minor injuries.
Sainsbury's say no-one inside the store was hurt.
Shocked locals say it was absolute mayhem with police cars, fire engines and air ambulance at the scene
Many people took to social media with photos and videos of the aftermath posted on Twitter and Facebook
There is still a cordon this morning but the roads are now fully reopened.
West Midlands Police say they are investigating what caused the crash and an official from Stagecoach say they are fully cooperating and helping detectives figure out what happened
Superintendent Paul Keasey, head of the Central Motorway Police Group, said:
"Our thoughts are with those affected by this evening's tragic event; we have specially trained officers with the families at this difficult time.
"We hope to carry out a swift investigation and I would like to thank people who have already come forward who witnessed the collision.
"This is a busy area of Coventry city centre and we hope to keep disruption to a minimum as our investigation continues; no-one has been arrested at this stage.''
Chris Kowalik from West Midlands Ambulance Service and talks us through the scene as they arrived:
A spokesperson for Stagecoach Midlands said: "Our hearts go out to the families of those who have lost their loved ones. Our thoughts also remain with all those affected by this tragic incident, including our driver and the people who have been injured.
"We would like to thank the emergency services and the many members of the public who provided help at the scene of the accident yesterday.
"The safety of our passengers and staff is our highest priory. We are continuing to do everything we can to assist the police with their investigation into the incident."