WEST Midlands Police has tonight confirmed two people have died after a double decker bus collided with a Coventry supermarket this evening (Saturday 3 October).
An eight-year-old boy from Leamington, who was travelling on the top of the bus, died at the scene as a result of his injuries.
A woman from Nuneaton, believed to be in her 70s who was a pedestrian in Trinity Street, also died at the scene. Specialist officers are supporting the families at this time.
The collision occurred at 6pm this evening after the bus travelled along Hale Street colliding with a number of stationary cars and a lamppost before crashing into Sainsbury’s supermarket.
A nine-year-old girl, also on the top of the bus, was also seriously injured and is receiving treatment at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.
Five other people suffered minor injuries and are receiving hospital treatment, one further person was treated and discharged at the scene.
A cordon remains in place while an investigation continues to establish the circumstances around the collision. There are a number of road closures in place and buses are currently unable to drive into the city centre.
Superintendent Paul Keasey, head of the Central Motorway Police Group, said:
“Our thoughts are with those affected by this evening’s tragic event; we have specially trained officers with the families at this difficult time.
“We hope to carry out a swift investigation and I would like to thank people who have already come forward who witnessed the collision.
“This is a busy area of Coventry city centre and we hope to keep disruption to a minimum as our investigation continues; no-one has been arrested at this stage.”
Anyone with information, or anyone who may be concerned about relatives, should contact police on 101.
The thoughts and prayers of Tamworth Informed are with all involved.