17 injured in Greater Manchester as bus hits bridge

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SEVENTEEN people were injured on Wednesday (September 9) when the roof was torn off a double decker bus as it hit a railway bridge in Rochdale, Greater Manchester.

Eleven people were taken to hospital by ambulance and although most were reported to have suffered minor injuries one man’s jaw was broken and Greater Manchester Police said a woman had suffered serious facial injuries.

Passengers and witnesses reported a loud bang before the roof landed on the floor and smoke went up and glass showered down.

A First Manchester bus company spokesman confirmed that the driver had suffered shock but was being well looked after and she would be spoken to as part of investigations to discover what happened.

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