Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Driver Dies despite Efforts of Rescuers; Emergency Teams and Witnesses Went to Aid of Victims

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Driver Dies despite Efforts of Rescuers; Emergency Teams and Witnesses Went to Aid of Victims

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Byline: Rob Pattinson

ONE driver died and another man suffered critical injuries when two buses collided head-on in County Durham, yesterday.

Several other people were also injured in the accident, which happened on North View, in the Newfield area of Chester-le-Street, at 4pm.

Two air ambulances and seven road ambulances were rushed to the scene in order to tend to the injured at the scene, which eyewitnesses described as "carnage".

Last night, the surviving bus driver was critically ill in Newcastle General hospital with head, chest and leg injuries, after being crushed in his seat.

Fire fighters had to cut the casualty free before delicately lifting him through a rear widow of the coach.

A 70-year-old man was airlifted to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough by the Great North Air Ambulance,.

His condition was described as stable last night after he received emergency treatment for a suspected pelvic fracture.

Two female casualties, aged 73 and 50, were described as walking wounded, and taken to University Hospital of North Durham for treatment.

Witnesses described their frantic attempts to save the life of the bus driver, who they found already unconscious in the single-deck bus, which had been carrying three passengers.

Railway ticket enforcement officer William Robinson, 47, who lives opposite the crash scene, rushed across with his brother-in-law to try and force their way into the vehicle.

The father of three said: "In the end we had to go in through the back. The driver had no pulse and obviously he had died straightaway. It must have been instant.

"There was an injured man on the floor and some other passengers on the bus. There faces were just completely shocked and white.

"It was the worst accident I have ever seen and it is unbelievable it happened on a small road like this." Labourer Paul Northey rushed to help the driver of the coach after he heard the accident occurring. The 28-year-old dad-of-two, of West Avenue, Washington said the man was covered in blood and slumped at the wheel of his vehicle.

Paul said: "I just heard this huge bang while I was working in the field, so I ran over and saw the two buses had crashed into each other. …

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