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Full investigation launched into Harlesden bus crash

PUBLISHED: 15:10 16 May 2016 | UPDATED: 15:10 16 May 2016

A bus has smashed into a shop in Harlesden (Pic: Hetty Los)

A bus has smashed into a shop in Harlesden (Pic: Hetty Los)

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A full investigation is underway after a bus crashed into a Harlesden shop injuring more than 17 people.

Four children were taken to hospital with minor injuries after the double decker number 18 bus, operated by Metroline, smashed into the shop front in Harlesden High Street yesterday afternoon.

Paramedics were called to the crash, which happened yards away from Jubilee Clock, shortly after 2pm.

Three people, including the bus driver, were taken to hospital with serious injuries as 17 people were treated by paramedics at the scene.

Kevin Brown, deputy director of operations at London Ambulance Service, said: “We were called at 2:03pm to reports of a collision between a bus and a building on Harlesden High Street.

“We sent multiple resources to the scene including a single responder in a car and a number of ambulance crews. We also sent our incident response and hazardous area response teams, alongside London’s Air Ambulance.

“We treated 17 patients at the scene.

“We took three patients as a priority to hospital.

“A further nine adults and four children with minor injuries were also taken to hospital and one was treated and discharged at the scene.”

A spokesperson for Metroline said: “Our Transport Safety Unit will be conducting a full investigation of the incident and we will cooperate with TfL and the emergency services as necessary.”

Tony Akers, TfL’s head of bus operations, added: “There will be a full investigation into the incident.”

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