Sussex bus crash: Passengers hurt after roof ripped off bus as it smashes into a bridge

PASSENGERS are understood to be injured after the roof was ripped off a bus which smashed into a bridge in Sussex this morning.

An image from the scene shows the badly damaged blue bus beneath the bridge with its top sheared off.

It's not yet known how many people have been hurt or how badly.

The horrific accident happened after the driver "misjudged" the bridge in Rocky Lane between Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill, Sussex, this morning.

Mid Sussex Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Inspector Darren Taylor said: "The team, along with our fire and ambulance colleagues, have had to attend Rocky Lane this morning as a bus has misjudged the bridge and hit the bridge, damaging its top level.

"Ambulance colleagues are attending to some passengers.

"Please avoid the road at his stage."

South East Coast Ambulance Service has been contacted for comment.

It's not clear how fast the bus was travelling or why the driver did not realise the bridge height was too low for the bus to safely pass beneath.

It's also not known how many passengers were on board, and how many – if any – were on the top deck.

More to follow…

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