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Totnes bus crash: Passengers rescued after double-decker overturns

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Olly Tayler

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Emergency services have declared a major incident

A double-decker bus has overturned, leaving a number of people injured.

The Stagecoach South West bus crashed on the A385 travelling between Totnes and Paignton in Devon at about 11:00 BST.

Police said that up to eight people have been seriously hurt and are undergoing assessment.

All passengers have been freed from the bus and cleared from the area by the emergency services, who declared a major incident and closed the road.

The victims, who also include up to a dozen people with minor injuries, have been taken several different hospitals around the region for treatment.

Uninjured passengers have been taken to Paignton bus station for support and help to continue their journeys.

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Catherine Serjeant

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Emergency services cut passengers out of the overturned bus

The road will stay shut in both directions for several hours for “investigation and recovery”, said Gerald Taylor, the area manager for Devon Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.

Police said the bus driver had not been arrested, confirming that he was assisting them with their inquiries.

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The bus overturned and ended up in a field by the side of the road

A witness said: “It’s like nothing you’ve ever seen up here, there’s emergency vehicles everywhere.”

A spokesman for Stagecoach South West said the company was helping emergency services and its thoughts were with the victims of the crash.

“Safety is our absolute priority and we will be assisting the investigation into the circumstances involved in the incident,” he added.

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Gerald Taylor

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The road will remain closed for several hours while emergency services investigate the crash

Several ambulances were sent to the scene, as well as the air ambulance.

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