Coventry & Warwickshire

Car driver dies in bus crash in Coventry

Crash scene
Image caption Flowers and two rugby tops were among tributes at the scene

A 22-year-old car driver has died in a collision with a bus in Coventry.

His car was in collision with the single-decker number 7 bus and also hit a lamppost at Windmill Hill, Allesley, on Saturday evening.

The bus driver was treated for back, leg and pelvic injuries and taken to hospital along with one passenger, the ambulance service said.

The weather was not thought to have been a contributory factor, police said.

A spokesman added a full investigation into the crash was being carried out. A number of parked cars were also damaged in the incident.

Around 10 people were travelling on the bus at the time of the crash and some were treated for minor injuries, West Midlands Police said.

The bus driver was treated for back, leg and pelvic injuries before being taken hospital with one passenger, the ambulance service said.

An off-duty paramedic and workers in three ambulances were among medical staff at the scene.

Police appeal

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: "Crews arrived to find a car in collision with a bus and lamppost.

"Sadly, it quickly became apparent to crews that nothing could be done to save the car driver who was confirmed dead at the scene."

Police said the family of the man who died have been informed and a post-mortem examination would take place in due course.

The Windmill Hill was closed for five hours while crash investigators examined the scene.

Sgt Tim Rogers, from the West Midlands Regional Collision Investigation Unit, said: "We are investigating what has led the death of this young man and to a handful of other people being injured.

"With this in mind, I am appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision or the car and bus before the crash to get in touch.

"The Windmill Hill had recently been gritted and at this stage we do not believe that the weather has caused the collision."

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