Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

One Dead after Crash' Seven Are Left Injured; Horror as Bus and Car Collide on City Bridge

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

One Dead after Crash' Seven Are Left Injured; Horror as Bus and Car Collide on City Bridge

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Byline: SARAH SCOTT

THIS is the mangled wreckage after a head-on smash between a car and a bus left one man dead and seven injured.

Police are today trying to piece together what happened when the Ford Focus hit a single-decker bus on the Gateshead side of the Redheugh Bridge on Saturday night.

The Go North East Ten service had been travelling into Newcastle with passengers onboard when it was involved in the incident just before 11.30pm.

Rapid response teams from the fire and ambulance services joined police along with the ambulance service's heart team as a rescue operation was carried out to save the drivers of both vehicles.

However, the driver of the car, Badri Mohamad Abdi, 41 of Harehills Lane, Leeds, died at the scene.

Firefighters from Colby Court and Rye Hill worked for more than an hour to release the 57-year-old bus driver, who was trapped following the impact the collision.

John Hall, group manager for Tyne Wear Fire and Rescue, said: "It was quite a difficult rescue with the bus. The driver was trapped by the lower body and legs.

"The bus driver was stable and his stats were good when he was taken to the RVI with multiple injuries."

A total of 19 passengers on the number 10 service were evacuated with minor injuries and fire crews rescued one passenger from inside the bus with more serious injuries.

"It quite In total, six passengers from the bus were treated by the ambulance service and the walking wounded were treated at the scene.

The head-on collision happened on the entrance slip north-bound on the Gateshead side of the Redheugh Bridge. rescue the driver trapped lower and The bridge, which links Gateshead and Newcastle, was closed for more than five hours after the collision and was only reopened by police at 4.30am yesterday.

Martin Harris, commercial director of Go North East, said: "We are dealing with a fatal accident, and our thoughts are with the family of the gentleman who was tragically killed in the incident. …

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