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'Lucky escape' for passengers as London bus roof ripped off by tree

Emergency services are surprised there were no serious injuries in the collision. Five people were treated for minor injuries.

Philip Toscano / PA Philip Toscano / PA / PA

A LONDON DOUBLEDECKER was involved in a freak accident this afternoon when it struck an overhanging branch which took off a large section of the roof.

London Fire Brigade attended the scene just after 2pm on Kingsway in Holburn and firefighters lifted the rest of the roof off to bring it to ground level.

Philip Toscano / PA Philip Toscano / PA / PA

Pictures of the scene show the incident happened close to a sign warning of overhanging trees on the street.

Five people were treated for minor injuries with two of them being taken to hospital for treatment.

Station Manager Gary Squires said today that those involved “were very lucky to have escaped serious injury”.

Philip Toscano / PA Philip Toscano / PA / PA

Sky News reports Transport for London said there will now be a full investigation into the crash.

Read: “It could have been much worse”: Seven treated in hospital, after packed coach crashes on N7>

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