Man hit by double decker bus in Holborn, central London

A double decker bus crash in central London has left a man critically injured.

The victim, who is estimated to be in his 30s, was hit in Theobalds Road, Holborn, at about 14:30 BST.

Police and paramedics attended the scene. The man was taken to an east London hospital with head injuries.

The road was closed for about two-and-a-half hours, leading to severe snarl-ups in nearby streets. It has now reopened.

An eyewitness said the man was left pinned under the bus.

'Panicking a bit'

Dennis Gayle, who was at the scene moments after the incident, said: "He was underneath the front of the bus.

"The weight of the bus was still on top of him.

"The police were trying to keep him stable until help arrived."

Mr Gayle added: "The driver of the bus was panicking a bit."

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "It was a man hit by a bus. He is in hospital in a critical condition at the moment. There have been no arrests."

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