Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire guided busway fire: Car and bus collide in Longstanton

Fire on guided busway Image copyright Tamsin Brown
Image caption Plumes of black smoke can be seen at the crash site in Longstanton on the Cambridge-St Ives-Huntingdon guided busway route

A car and bus caught fire after a collision between the two vehicles on a guided busway.

Plumes of black smoke could be seen coming from the incident on Station Road in Longstanton, Cambridgeshire at about 09:30 BST.

Bus firm Stagecoach East said it "understands" its driver was injured, but passengers were evacuated from the bus.

The busway was closed for several hours but reopened shortly after 15:00.

One man driving near the incident described seeing "plumes of black smoke" and heard "a couple of loud bangs".

Image caption Both the bus and the car were gutted in the blaze
Image copyright Simon Edwards
Image caption A witness described hearing "loud bangs"

Cambridgeshire Police was called to "reports of a collision between a car and a bus on the railway crossing".

"Officers are currently on scene, together with paramedics and firefighters," a spokeswoman said.

Bus operator Stagecoach East said: "A car was involved in a collision with one of our vehicles on the guided busway this morning.

"Passengers were evacuated immediately, however, we understand that our driver has been injured. Our first thoughts are for the welfare of those involved.

"There is significant damage to both vehicles involved."

Image copyright Cambs Fire and Rescue
Image caption Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service remained at the scene, damping down the debris several hours later
Image copyright Gary Mitchelhill
Image caption The burnt-out bus was hauled onto a low-loader to be taken away

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