Two hurt as rail replacement bus hits tree near Brighton

Damaged bus
Image caption The bus hit a tree in Balcombe

Two people have been taken to hospital after a bus hit a tree near Brighton.

The double decker was being used as a rail replacement service during the £67m upgrade of the Brighton Main Line and was carrying up to 10 passengers, according to the operator Go-Ahead.

Paramedics treated one person for a knee injury and another for a facial injury before taking them to hospital.

After reports the bus had veered off the road to avoid another bus, Go-Ahead London said CCTV would be looked at.

A spokesman said: "CCTV footage of the incident is in the process of being obtained and it will be investigated as a matter of urgency."

Go-Ahead London was providing the service for Govia Thameslink, which said the bus was "travelling along the same route that has been used since the works began on Saturday".

Image caption The vehicle was carrying up to 10 passengers at the time

Sussex Police said the crash happened in Balcombe on the B2036 close to the junctions with Newlands and Bramble Mead, at about 09:00 GMT.

A spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance Service said two patients were assessed and treated at the scene before being taken to East Surrey Hospital.

Thousands of commuters are facing major disruption until Sunday during work on the the Brighton Main Line, which rail bosses said was to "improve reliability".

The closure has been timed with half-term as fewer passengers are expected.

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