Bus top sliced off in bridge crash

Around a dozen people have been taken to hospital after the top of a bus came off when it crashed into the underside of a bridge.

The double decker bus was carrying teenagers to sixth form college when the accident happened on Neasham Road, Darlington, County Durham.

Durham Police said the vehicle "hit the underside of a railway bridge near the football ground and this caused the top of the bus to come off".

The pupils, who were being taken to Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College, were all safely removed from the bus, a spokeswoman added.

Up to a 12 people, including the driver, were taken to Darlington Memorial Hospital but none is thought to have suffered serious injuries.

The bus company will have no doubt relied on its breakdown cover to eventually remove the wreckage.

The bridge was briefly shut so any damage could be assessed but has since reopened.

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