Runaway bus smashes Lambeth Palace wall

Historical building came face-to-face with reckless bus earlier today. London SE1 has the full story:

Lambeth Palace Road was closed to traffic in both directions whilst fire crews and police dealt with the crash.

The bus is a single-deck Mercedes Citaro on route 507 between Waterloo and Victoria. It is operated by Go-Ahead London.

via Drama at Lambeth Palace as bus knocks down part of garden wall [9 September 2010].

UPDATE: There’s an extraordinary update to this story by someone who was on the bus who added their experience in our comments section. Here’s what Stan had to say:

I was on the bus when the accident happened. This was the most terrible experience in my life. The driver lost control and smashed into a wall and then a lamp post. Most of the passengers had to be taken to hospital for treatment. I am feeling fine at the moment but still in shock and with headache. I hope the drivers is well as I’ve heard from the paramedics he might have had a cardiac arrest.

We hope he’s OK, and the driver too.

London SE1 has some astonishing pictures of what happened.

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2 Responses to “Runaway bus smashes Lambeth Palace wall”

  1. I was on the bus when the accident happened. This was the most terrible experience in my life. The driver lost control and smashed into a wall and then a lamp post. Most of the passengers had to be taken to hospital for treatment. I am feeling fine at the moment but still in shock and with headache. I hope the drivers is well as I’ve heard from the paramedics he might have had a cardiac arrest.

  2. I was on the bus too – managed to hold on to one of the hand rails but did fall down on my back when the bus hit the pole on the pavement. There were a lot of old people on the bus who fell down from their seats, and could hardly walk afterwards. Some passengers had cuts from the glass shards that flew about as the bus hit the garden wall and were bleeding.