CHILDREN were heard “screaming” in terror after the roof of a double-decker bus was ripped OFF at a seaside resort in Wales.
Emergency services rushed to the scene after the open-top vehicle collided with a tree in Mumbles, Wales.
Eyewitnesses heard children screaming, and claim that there were “a lot” of schoolchildren on the bus at the time of the incident.
At least two people have been rushed to hospital following the horror smash with others being treated on the scene.
The crash was one of three incidents involving buses today, with a woman in her 30’s dying after two buses collided in Victoria, London, and three people were rushed to hospital.
A woman in her 90s was also rushed to hospital after a bus crashed into the depo in Walsall, West Mids.
Bus operator First Cymru confirmed that the bus was one of their vehicles – and that representatives were sent to the scene to provide support to those involved and the emergency services.
Visitors who were nearby when the bus crashed told Wales Online: “We heard the noise, we knew it was a crash.
“It was hell of a sound like a car crash. Then it sounded like a school, you could hear lots of children screaming.
“There were a lot of kids on the bus. A lot of people were getting quite upset. We didn’t know what happened but knew kids were on there.
“They took one away on an air ambulance and all others were ambulances.
“It’s a shock and it’s upsetting. A car crash is nothing to us but this involved children. I think the branch on the tree was too low and it took the roof off”.
Pictures appear to show the roof of the double decker buss handing off to one side, after being sliced off from the front.
The bus has now been removed from Mumbles Road, which has since reopened, more than five hours after this afternoon’s crash.
The vehicle was taken away on a breakdown truck shortly before 7.30pm this evening.
A South Wales Police spokesman said: “Emergency services are at the scene of a collision which involved an open-top bus colliding with a tree on Mumbles Road, near Knab Rock.
“There are a number of injuries, none of which are life-threatening or life-changing.”
A Welsh Ambulance Service added: “We were called this afternoon at 2.32pm to reports of a road traffic collision involving a double decker bus on the Mumbles Road, Swansea.
“We sent two rapid response vehicles, one emergency care doctor, one emergency ambulance, our emergency medical retrieval and transfer service, the Wales Air Ambulance and our hazardous area response team to the scene.
“Two patients were conveyed to hospital – one by air to University Hospital Wales, Cardiff, and a second by road to Morriston Hospital, Swansea, for further treatment.
“Several other passengers were assessed and discharged on scene.”
Local Councillor Rob Stewart said: “Very sorry to hear of the incident in Mumbles with the open top bus.
“Police are on the scene and thankfully have reported no major injuries.
“Best wishes for everyone to make a full recovery.”