Casualties reported in London bus crash
CASUALTIES have been reported after a double-decker bus crashed into a shop in London, with passengers trapped in the vehicle.
The incident happened in Lavender Hill in south west London causing peak hour chaos on Thursday morning, local time.
The Sun reported the crash happened after the driver of the bus"blacked out". He has been taken to hospital.
Two women remained trapped in the bus.
The bus veered off the road and crashed into a kitchen design centre. The shopfront collapsed as a result of the accident.
Pictures posted on social media showed passengers in the upper level of the bus unable to get out.
Emergency services have attended the scene.
Reuters reported The Metropolitan Police said they had been called to reports of a collision on Lavender Hill, near London's busy Clapham Junction train station.
"The driver has been taken to a south London hospital. A number of passengers were treated by LAS (London Ambulance Service) at the scene," police said in a statement.
"Two passengers remain trapped on the upper deck. The road is currently closed to traffic."
The Sun reported Nurse Amy Mullineux, 40, of Wandsworth Common, was on the bus and claimed the driver told her he had lost consciousness before the crash.
She said: "I spoke to him. He said he blacked out before the bus hit the shop.
"He doesn't remember hitting anything.
"The paramedic told me they think he had some kind of fit."
Her claims have not been verified by emergency services at the scene and The Metropolitan Police declined to comment.
Andrew Matthews, 34, of Wandsworth Town, was on the bus when it crashed.
He told the BBC: "I was on the top floor at the back, fortunately. "I noticed the bus drifting. I heard a smash and saw the roof of the shop going through (the bus) from the front left. It went to the fourth or fifth row.
"I wedged myself in, bracing myself.
"As soon as the bus came to a stop there was yelling, screaming.
"I noticed a lady wedged in the front right-hand side. She was screaming for help. There was a lot of blood."
Solange Morin, 33, lives close to the scene and was hoping to catch the bus before she saw it crash.
She said: "I saw this woman [in the bus] shouting and banging on the glass.
"Everybody shouted 'fire, fire'.
"I went on to the bus. I talked to her and was holding her hands.
"She was pinned. I wouldn't have been able to get her out.
"She was so scared because people were shouting fire. There was a lot of smoke."