Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Miracle Escape from Bus Crash

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Miracle Escape from Bus Crash

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HORRIFIC The Low Fell, Gateshead bus crash as reported by Evening Chronicle on November 7, 1960.

IT was a typical November day in Low Fell, Gateshead, in 1960, with heavy morning traffic, when suddenly there was a screech of brakes, a loud bang, followed by an even bigger bang then terrified screams.

The unthinkable had happened, a doubledecker bus, full of passengers, mostly children on their way to school, had crashed onto its side - it seemed a major national tragedy was unfolding - luckily, it fell well short of that.

I can remember seeing those old films of double-decker buses on the skid test when they nearly topple over. They were built to be able to tilt over some distance and still right themselves.

But one driver and 39 passengers found that didn't always happen.

Luckily, nobody was seriously injured, but it was a horrific experience for passengers and crew - an experience they would never forget.

The Newcastle Corporation bus, No. 28, was travelling down Low Fell, on its way to Kenton, when a car in front made an emergency stop.

The bus driver swerved to try and avoid it but clipped the rear wing of the car before hitting the curb and then going completely over.

The noise of the crash and the screams of the terrified children brought rescuers running from nearby shops and houses.

Rescuers dragged traumatised passengers from the bus - most of them being taken to a nearby bakery shop, which took on the role of a first aid station until the ambulances arrived.

Thirty nine people were taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, at the top of Sheriff Hill and were treated for shock, cuts and bruises - miraculously, no one was seriously hurt, although one of the passengers was transferred to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, suffering from concussion.

He was allowed home later. The driver, who was aged 24 and had only been driving for the Corporation for five months, told the Evening Chronicle: "I was driving the bus - a 64-seater - when suddenly I saw a car driven by a woman in front of me.

"She pulled up sharply and I collided with her off-side rear in trying to avoid her. …

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