Double Decker Oxford Tube coach crash on M40

By on Dec 12, 2010 in Current Events, Europe, World Comments
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A total of 17 passengers of a double decker Oxford Tube bus suffered injuries when it overturned along M40 in Oxfordshire on Saturday, December 12, 2010, according to international reports. The bus is travelling through Buckinghamshire from London.

The Oxford Tube bus has 36 passengers on board when it crashed about 10.55pm near Thame, at Junction 7. Six ambulances from South Central Ambulance Service were immediately dispatched to the crash scene. The injured passengers were taken to John Radcliffe Hospital and other nearby hospitals for medical treatment while some with minor injuries were treated on site.

The coach is going northbound and overturned at the top of the slippery road and near a slope. The road, including the A329 in both directions of the M40 was immediately closed to traffic. The coach was stabilized by the Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue team to avoid it from sliding down further into the embankment

Investigation on the cause of the incident is being handled by the Thames Valley Police. Unconfirmed reports say that the Oxford Tube coach may have hit the barrier that caused it to overturn.

Here is part of Oxford Tube‘s statement on the incident:

Safety is our absolute priority and our immediate thoughts are with those who have been injured in the accident.

Oxford Tube representatives have attended the scene and arrangements have been made to take passengers who were not injured to their final destination.

We will be carrying out our own internal investigation and assisting the police in any way that we can with their inquiries into the accident.

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