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Scene of the damage after double-decker bus overturns

Scene of the damage after double-decker bus overturns

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:09am 7th October 2019.

This is the extent of the damage after a double-decker bus overturned in Devon.

The crash between Totnes and Paignton was declared a "major incident" by emergency services.

It happened on the A385 Totnes Road at around 11am on Saturday morning.

Police, paramedics, firefighters and an air ambulance all got the call, with over 100 emergency workers on the scene.

37 people were injured - eight of those are believed to be seriously hurt - and were taken to hospitals around the region.

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A volunteer doctor who helped treat the casualties has old Pirate FM the scene could have been much worse and it is lucky nobody died.

Alex Rowe was one of five volunteer doctors on the scene from BASICS Devon.

"A major incident is where you get an event, it could be a natural disaster or a mass-casualty situation, where you might exceed the ability of the emergency services to look after that event.

"It puts huge pressure on the rest of the system and a page goes out to all those off duty, and people come in during their spare time and their time off. You have a huge number of resources tied up in one event.

"The energy and the impact that's involved with a double-decker bus falling off the side of the road is potentially huge.

"A a major incident we were lucky not to have more significant or serious injuries.

Devon bus crash

"The fact you've got a bus with over 30 people on it, it's incredible that there weren't any fatalities actually.

"It's a massive thing to happen to have a bus rolling off the road and onto its side.

"You almost zone out from the rest of what's going on, you concentrate on your own specific task. I had a corner in the top of the field where I had all the casualties sitting on tarpaulins and I just went around assessing them, deciding what level of medical they needed and where they needed to go.

"It was incredible to see the response from the emergency services and the coordination of all the different teams working together."

Dr Alex Rowe, BASICS Devon

Bus crash Devon - blurred number plate

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

CCTV footage is now being given to police investigating the incident.

Stagecoach says they are continuing to support officers with the investigation and its thoughts go out to all those involved.

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