Somerset accident: Double-decker bus full of passengers FLIPS on its side leaving 'many hurt' as icy roads spark chaos | The Sun

A DOUBLE-decker bus full of passengers has overturned in Somerset in what police have described as a "major incident".

Emergency services raced to the scene on the A39 Quantock Road, Bridgwater, at around 6am following reports of a crash.

It has not yet been confirmed, but local reports suggest "many" people are hurt.

Several others are also trapped on the bus, rumoured to be carrying 80 Hinkley Point workers, it is claimed.

A source told The Enquirer: "The bus is understood to have swerved to avoid a motorbike.

"The air ambulance is on site and medics have set up a triage scene at the site."


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Cops said the vehicle flipped on its side amid "extremely icy and dangerous" conditions.

The road remains closed with a "significant number" of police, fire and ambulance crews on site.

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Avon and Somerset Police today urged people to "only travel if essential" following this morning's crash and 53 last night.

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A further 67 calls were received for other road-related incidents between 6pm and 11pm, mostly as a result of plunging temperatures.

Seven are believed to have resulted in injuries.

Supt Mark Runacres said: "We are advising the public to only travel where absolutely essential due to the treacherous driving conditions.

"If travel is necessary, we ask the public to take extreme caution and allow additional time to travel.

"We have seen a significantly higher number of road-related collisions and incidents in the past 12 hours, which has increased the demand on police resources.

"We are working with local authorities and National Highways to ensure roads are properly gritted ahead of the rush hour traffic to improve driving conditions."

South Western Ambulance Service added: "Please take care while travelling this morning, the conditions are extremely icy due to the freezing overnight temperatures and residual water on the road from the past week's wet weather."

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