Saturday, January 09, 2016

Bus mounts pavement in Camden and crashes into supermarket

A shopkeeper told how his sister was “seconds” away from suffering serious injuries after a bus crashed into a supermarket in north London.

Police and paramedics were called to Pratt Street in Camden at 10.47am on Saturday after a Transport for London 274 bus mounted the pavement before hitting Ozdiller Food Centre.

Owner Huseyil Ozdil said his 32-year-old sister Feleknaz was helping a customer at the time of the crash and has been left traumatised.

He also said his sister could have been seriously hurt after the bus hit the store near the counter where she usually sits.

But Ms Ozdil was helping a customer elsewhere in the store at the time.

He said: “Thankfully we are ok. There are no injuries but my sister has been badly shaken up by what has happened.

“The bus collided with the front of the shop where the counter is and that is normally where she sits.

“If she wasn’t helping a customer at the time then it’s possible she would have been seriously injured. Ten seconds could have been the difference.

“Everyone is trying to calm her down but she might need to go to hospital.”

“I wasn’t here at the time but this wasn’t just a bump. Luckily no pedestrians were outside on the pavement at the time.”

Police confirmed no injuries have been reported and road closures are in place following the collision.

Tony Akers, TfL’s Head of Bus Operations, said: “At 11am today (9 January), a route 274 single deck bus, operated by Metroline, was involved in a collision with a shop front along Pratt Street NW1.

“No one was seriously injured in the incident. Police attended the scene. There will be a full investigation into the incident.”

    1 comment:

    Anonymous said...

    How can this happen in Camden when there is a blanket 20 MPH speed limit ?

    London has spent millions on bus services in the last decade - it's a great shame the quality of bus driver is on par with the third world Uber partner that the same regulator sees fit to license.