Great Yarmouth lorry driver arrested for dangerous driving as bus collision leaves 16 in hospital

Great Yarmouth lorry driver arrested for dangerous driving as bus collision leaves 16 in hospital

A lorry driver from Great Yarmouth has been arrested for dangerous driving after a collision with a bus in which 16 people have been taken to hospital.

The bus collided with the lorry which was carrying a steam traction engine on a trailer on East Road, West Mersea, shortly before 10am today.

There were 32 passengers on the bus, four of which have been taken to Colchester General Hospital with serious injuries but not life-threatening.

Firefighters released the bus driver, who was trapped as a result of the crash, by 10.36am and he has been airlifted to the Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel, in a life-threatening condition.

A further 11 patients, believed to be bus passengers, have been taken to Colchester and Broomfield hospitals with various minor injuries, while another two patients were treated and discharged by paramedics at the scene.

A 51-year-old man from Great Yarmouth has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injury by dangerous driving and is currently in custody.

The road is likely to remain closed for most of the day.

Currently the road is closed between Haycocks Lane/Chapmans Lane and Colchester Road (B1025).

Police believed the lorry travelled from Lowestoft this morning and officers are appealing for anyone who saw it on its journey to contact them.

The white low-loader lorry was carrying a black static traction engine.

Anyone with information should call the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 101 or email collisionappeal@essex.pnn.police.uk.

This story was provided by Great Yarmouth Mercury   http://www.greatyarmouthmercury.co.uk

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