Women injured in bus collision

The school bus after the road traffic accident at the junction of Gathurst Road and Cambridge Road, Orrell

The school bus after the road traffic accident at the junction of Gathurst Road and Cambridge Road, Orrell

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TWO women were injured in a collision between a car and a school bus.

They had to be cut from the wreckage of their car after the collision which took place during rush hour yesterday morning.

It was feared that the pair, who are said to be in their 20s, had suffered back and neck injuries and needed to be put on spinal boards.

The crash happened at a notorious junction in Orrell at around 9am yesterday. A yellow school bus, which is thought to have just dropped off its cargo of pupils at Shevington High School, was returning empty towards Orrell on Gathurst Road when it was in collision with a red Vauxhall Corsa Twist.

It is believed that the car had just emerged from the junction with Cambridge Road.

The driver of the bus was shaken but unhurt.

But the two occupants of the car were trapped inside both by their injuries and the damage to the vehicle, particularly at the driver’s side.

And the incident caused traffic problems throughout the Orrell area for around an hour and a half.

Firefighters from the Wigan station had to use specialist gear to remove both the doors and the roof from the stricken car.

Blue Watch manager Dave Scully said: “We had to be very careful because the two casualties in the car appeared to have neck and back injuries.

“So we did a full extrication to get them onto spine boards and out of the vehicle which was pretty badly damaged at one side. The women certainly needed a full assessment.”

Both women were taken to Wigan Infirmary by ambulance.

A police spokesman said that that the accident had happened at 9.09am yesterday near to Gathurst Road’s junction with Spring Road and Cambridge Road. The passengers’ injuries were described as “minor” and no arrests have been made.

The two vehicles were eventually towed away and the road was cleared and fully reopened to traffic by 10.30am.