MP calls for investigation into major incident
This morning a double decker bus carrying 70 Hinkley C workers overturned while descending Sandford Hill. The accident was just west of Bridgwater on the A39 and happened at around 6.00am this morning (17 January). The incident also involved a motorcyclist. Police declared a major emergency and closed the road while work went on to free the passengers. Thankfully in the event most escaped unscathed. However three passengers have suffered significant injuries.
Avon & Somerset Police and the air ambulance attended the crash. The road is currently closed to help emergency workers at the scene.
Mr Liddell-Grainger, MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset said the toll could have been considerably higher. He told us “Obviously it was a terrifying experience for everyone on that bus and my thoughts are with them and their families.”
he added that there now must be a thorough investigation: “we absolutely most get to the bottom of why this crash occurred. Because EDF is very conscious of the need to maintain the highest safety standards for the protection of their workers – and that concern naturally extends to those periods when they are being transferred to and from the site.”
Update at 4.30 17 January:
As of 3pm today, 27 patients were treated at the Minor Injuries Unit in Bridgwater and a further 26 were treated at the Emergency Department at Musgrove Park Hospital for injuries consistent with a serious traffic collision. A small number require surgery and some have been admitted to inpatient wards.
A further three patients were taken to Southmead Hospital, Bristol, where they received treatment, but none have needed to be admitted to hospital.