SEVEN people have been hospitalised after a double decker bus crashed into a central reservation in a busy city centre.
The shocking smash took place on the junction of Oxford Street and Whitworth Street in Manchester, with 15 to 20 people said to have received "minor" injuries.
Images show the front of the Stagecoach bus with a smashed windscreen and motor parts littered across the street.
Shocked bystanders watched on as emergency services tackled the aftermath of the collision.
Despite the chaotic scenes, Greater Manchester Police said no "serious" injuries were reported.
And fire chiefs confirmed that seven people were taken to hospital.
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Cops said "initial enquiries suggested a bus collided with a central reservation on the junction with Oxford Street and Whitworth Street".
"Emergency services are still in attendance, with the road currently closed as they continue to clear the road," a force statement added.
Greater Manchester Police said in a statement: "Greater Manchester Police are responding to an ongoing road traffic collision in Manchester city centre.
"At around 12.35pm today (Tuesday 8 August 2023), officers responded to reports of a road traffic collision involving a bus on Whitworth Street in Manchester City Centre.
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"Emergency services attended the scene and no serious injuries were reported.
"Initial enquiries suggested that a bus had collided with a central reservation on the junction with Oxford Street and Whitworth Street, emergency services are still in attendance, with the road currently closed as they continue to clear the road."
While a GMFRS spokesperson said: "At approximately 12:35pm on Tuesday August 8, firefighters were called to reports of a road traffic collision on Oxford Street, in Manchester.
"Two fire engines from Gorton station quickly attended the scene. The collision involved a bus which had gone into some street furniture.
"Seven casualties were transferred to the care of colleagues from NWAS and conveyed to hospital.
"Firefighters used specialist equipment to make the scene safe and were in attendance for around 90 minutes."
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