At least 13 people injured as bus smashes into building in Peterborough

A bus has crashed into a building in Peterborough. Photo: Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service

A bus has crashed into a building in Peterborough. Photo: Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service - Credit: Archant

Two people have been cut from a car and 12 others injured after a bus smashed into the front of a building in Peterborough on Christmas Eve.

A bus has crashed into a building in Peterborough. Photo: Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service

A bus has crashed into a building in Peterborough. Photo: Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service - Credit: Archant

A car and bus collided at around 11.45am on Broadway in the town centre, forcing the bus into the building.

Police, fire crews, ambulance and air ambulance were all called to the scene.

Firefighters used specialist cutting equipment to rescue two casualties from the car. A further 12 casualties described as 'walking wounded' were treated by the ambulance service at a nearby triage centre.

Seven patients have been taken to Peterborough City Hospital, two patients have gone to a nearby minor injuries unit, and four have been assessed but do not need any further treatment.

Bus crash in Peterborough on Christmas Eve. Photo: Cambs Fire & Rescue Service

Bus crash in Peterborough on Christmas Eve. Photo: Cambs Fire & Rescue Service - Credit: Archant

Station Commander Jamie Johnson said: 'The emergency services have worked extremely well together to successfully rescue and treat casualties.

'Severe damage has also been caused to a building as a result of the collision.'

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A structural engineer will assess the damage to the building and a gas engineer isolated the mains.

Tragedy in Kent

Meanwhile, one person has died and five others have been injured, four seriously, after a car ploughed into a Costa coffee shop in Kent.

The incident happened in Westerham, near Sevenoaks, shortly before 10.30am, Kent Police said.

Pictures on social media showed an Audi embedded in the front of the cafe and a host of ambulances and fire engines at the scene in The Green.

A spokeswoman for South East Coast Ambulance Service said: 'Our clinicians have treated six patients at the incident at Costa coffee in Westerham today. One sadly pronounced as deceased at scene.

'Five further patients (were) treated at scene and then taken to hospital - four with serious injuries and one with minor injuries.'