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Emergency services praise staff after "major incident"

Emergency services praise staff after "major incident"

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 8:24am 6th October 2019.

Emergency services praise the response of staff who dealt with a "major incident" in Devon.

A double-decker bus overturned between Totnes and Paignton at around 11am on Saturday morning.

37 people were injured in total and eight of those are believed to be seriously hurt.

Devon and Cornwall Police, paramedics, firefighters and an air ambulance all got the call to the A385 on Totnes Road.

Work is underway to bet the vehicle upright again and that is due to be completed on Sunday morning.

Officers and ambulance crews have praised their staff for their work during the horror crash.

"South Western Ambulance Service was called to a major road traffic incident involving a bus in South Devon (A385 Totnes Road) at 10:54am this morning.  

"A multi-agency response has helped ambulance staff to treat all the patients involved who have been conveyed to a variety of hospitals across the region. We’d like to share our best wishes to all those involved.

"Our staff along with other Emergency Services and Health & social care colleagues have worked tremendously hard responding to this incident and we’d like to share our thanks for their professionalism, dedication and continued support.

"Given the pressure this incident has generated to services in the region, we would like to ask the public for their support at this time by only calling for an ambulance in cases of emergency."

South Western Ambulance Service

"The scene is now in the hands of the police, and officers from the serious collisions investigation unit continue with their enquiries. We can confirm that the driver of the bus has not been arrested, but he is helping police with our investigations into this incident.

"On top of this, the vehicle will need to be righted and recovered which will be challenging, therefore a cordon plus closures around the scene will remain in place possibly until tomorrow morning.

"There are a number of localised closures that still remain in place, please see the traffic watch website for the latest on these.

"Today has seen emergency services and health partners come together to response to this serious collision. This major multi-agency effort to support those involved and has understandably added to existing pressure on the health services.

"Therefore we are not only appealing to the public to both avoid the area, but also ask that people also avoid attending accident and emergency units unless it is an actual emergency, to help alleviate some of the pressure."

Devon and Cornwall Police

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