Woman in her 70s injured after collision with bus
PUBLISHED: 14:40 20 December 2018 | UPDATED: 16:55 20 December 2018
A woman in her 70s was taken to hospital following a collision close to a busy bus station.
An investigation is under way after a First Eastern Counties bus was involved in a collision with a female pedestrian outside Lowestoft bus station this morning (Thursday, December 20).
Emergency services – including police, firefighters and the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust – were all called out to the scene of the collision on Gordon Road, Lowestoft.
The road was blocked for almost an hour as the woman was treated at the scene. Paramedics and firefighters freed the casualty “whose legs were under the bus, but not trapped” in the collision.
A spokesman for First Eastern Counties said: “One of our buses was involved in a collision with a pedestrian outside Lowestoft bus station this morning,
“Gordon Road was closed while the emergency services tendered to the injured person. Our driver was uninjured and there were no passengers on board at the time.
“We will be undertaking an investigation into the cause of the incident.”
A police spokesman said: “We were called at 10.45am this morning (Thursday, December 20) to reports of a road traffic collision on Gordon Road, Lowestoft.
“The collision happened outside the bus station, involving a female pedestrian and a bus. The lady has gone to James Paget University Hospital in Gorleston for treatment.
“Her injuries are not life threatening or life-changing, as she suffered minor head and leg injuries.
“The bus has been moved from the scene and the road, which was temporarily blocked, was reopened at 11.40am.”
A spokesman for the East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) said: “We were called at 10.42am with reports of a collision in Gordon Road, Lowestoft.
“We sent an ambulance, rapid response vehicle and an ambulance officer.
“We took a woman in her 70s to James Paget Hospital for further treatment.”
Firefighters from Lowestoft were also called out, with two crews from Lowestoft South fire station attending.
A brigade spokesman said: “Two appliances from Lowestoft South arrived at the scene of the collision at 10.45am. One appliance was also requested from Gorleston, which was not required and turned back.
“The incident was a collision between a bus and one pedestrian casualty, whose legs were under the bus but not trapped.
“Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service crews assisted the EEAST to free the casualty.”
Fire crews had left the scene by 11.03am.
A witness said that Gordon Road in Lowestoft was initially blocked to traffic as emergency services dealt with the collision.
The witness said: “A police van blocked the road near to the crossing at Gordon Road and the lady had a couple of people around her as paramedics and firefighters treated her.”