Bus crash kills one, forces evacuation

May 15, 2007 at 5:50 PM
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WORCESTER, England, May 15 (UPI) -- Five residents of the English town of Dudley were forced to flee their homes Tuesday after a fiery bus crash killed a 40-year-old man.

The bus had crashed into a lamppost and a car prior to smashing into a row of houses Tuesday, where the ensuing fire in the vehicle ruptured a nearby gas supply and forced the evacuation, the BBC said.

The driver of the bus was treated for minor injuries he suffered in the crash, while a local resident received treatment for shock.

A spokesman for the Travel West Midlands bus company told the BBC that besides the driver, the bus was empty at the time of the crash.

He also added that circumstances surrounding the fatal crash prevented the accident from being a major disaster for the area.

"Whilst this is a tragic incident, the potential for a far more serious one cannot be underestimated," he told the BBC.

"Given the time of day it is perhaps unusual that the bus was so empty and there was no one in the house," he added.

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