Crash minibus driver may have fallen ill at wheel
THE driver of a minibus which hit a woman leaving her with serious injuries before crashing into a car is thought to have fallen ill at the wheel.
The 49-year-old woman was taken to hospital after suffering serious head and chest injuries in the smash, which happened during Friday afternoon’s rush hour traffic.
She was loading her car when she was struck by the mini-bus, driven by a man thought to be in his early 60s, which went on to hit a car before coming to a standstill.
The crash happened at 4.15pm in Starling Road, Radcliffe, near The Ainsworth Arms Pub.
Police, fire and ambulance were called. The driver and the pedestrian were taken to Salford Royal Hospital.
A woman in a Ford Focus suffered minor injuries and firefighters from Bury and Whitefield helped paramedics in getting her out of the car.
She suffered neck injuries but was said to be breathing and conscious.
The police cordoned off the whole of Starling Road until 10pm as investigations were carried out.
Drivers were diverted into Ainsworth village or down Bury Bolton Road by police officers.
A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “The driver thought to be in his early 60s is suspected to have suffered a medical episode at the well causing the bus to collide.
“The collision is being investigated by the police’s serious collision unit and the road was reopened at 10pm.”
One woman, who did not want to be named said: “I heard the emergency vehicles and the road being shut off. We heard that the driver had been taken ill at the wheel.”
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