ON Saturday October 3 at around 6pm, a horrific accident occurred which has left two people dead at Sainsbury’s supermarket in Coventry. An eight-year-old boy was sitting on the upper deck of the bus, and a female pedestrian, believed to be in her 70s, both suffered fatal injuries.
The bus struck parked cars and a lamppost before crashing into the supermarket and it has been reported that six people, including a child, have been taken to hospital with injuries.
A nine-year-old girl, who was also on the top deck of the bus, is fighting for her life at Birmingham Children’s Hospital after suffering from serious injuries to her face, neck and leg.
Five other people, including the driver, were taken to University Hospital Coventry for treatment.
Onlookers at the scene described the atmosphere as being ‘absolute chaos’ as bystanders attempted to save children trapped under the seats on the top deck after the bus rammed into the side of the supermarket.
Youth worker Harron Mota, who was at the scene of the accident said:
“It was horrific, absolute carnage. My friend saw an old woman get hit and I think she died. It was terrible. The city was really busy at that time of night with shoppers.”
A Sainsbury’s spokeswoman announced that the store was open at the time of the crash and no employees had suffered injury. It has not been reported if any customers were hurt.
A number of roads were closed and a police cordon was put in place as officers started their investigation into the cause of the collision.
An air ambulance, paramedics, five ambulances and the Hazardous Area Response Team were all on the scene.