‘Three injured’ after bus crashes into bridge sparking rail chaos
A MAJOR emergency response has been scrambled after a bus hit a railway bridge in Glasgow.
At least three people have been taken to hospital following the crash in the city's southside near the O2 Academy, according to reports.
5Emergency crews work on the crashed busCredit: Steve Welsh
5The roof has been completely torn offCredit: Steve Welsh
5A huge emergency response was called to the sceneCredit: Steve Welsh
5Rail services are impacted until the bus can be removedCredit: Steve Welsh
The First Bus crashed into the railway bridge at Cook Street at around 11.35am on Sunday morning.
The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service, Scottish Ambulance Service and cops are currently on scene.
Cops have warned drivers to avoid the area to ensure access for the emergency services.
Pictures from the scene show the devastating impact of the crash, with the roof of the bus completely ripped off.
Three casualties were taken to hospital.
The extent of their injuries is not yet known.
A spokeswoman for the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service said: "Operations control mobilised three appliances to Cook Street, where firefighters supported partners to make the area safe.
"Three casualties have been transported to the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital by the Scottish Ambulance Service and a number of additional casualties are being treated at the scene."
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Emergency crews have closed roads in Salkeld Street, Kilbirnie Street and Commerce Street and police are directing traffic in the area.
A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 11.35am on Sunday, 21 May, 2023, officers received a report of a bus crashing into a bridge on Cook Street, Glasgow.
“Emergency services are in attendance and a number of road closures are in place.
“The public are advised to avoid the area and use alternative routes.”
First Bus confirmed to the BBC it was one of its buses which was involved.
A company spokesperson told them: "We are working closely with the emergency services at the scene and our thoughts are with those involved in the incident."
Network Rail, who shared an image of the roof off the bus ripped off, warned travellers of delays on the rail network.
They wrote: "We're assisting the emergency services, who are responding to a bus trapped beneath a bridge between Glasgow Central & Paisley Gilmour Street.
"We need to complete a safety inspection of the bridge before trains can use it again, we can only do this once the bus has been removed."
ScotRail advised its passengers that trains that its Paisley Gilmour Street Service from Glasgow Central has been affected, warning they may be delayed, revised or cancelled.
The train line was later reopened at around 2.40pm after an inspection of the bridge.
The Scottish Ambulance Service and First Bus have been contacted for comment.
5Network Rail shared an image of the bus roof having been ripped off during the crashCredit: Network Rail
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