Pedestrian airlifted to hospital after being hit by bus

Police at scene of accident in North Road. Picture: Gavin Engelbrecht

Pedestrian airlifted to hospital after being hit by bus

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The Northern Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter (Durham)

A PEDESTRIAN was airlifted to hospital after being hit by a bus.

Shop workers reported hearing screams as the man was knocked down by a single-decker bus close to North Road bus station, in Durham City, shortly before 3pm yesterday.

The man was treated at the scene by paramedics from the North East Ambulance Service, before he was taken to a Great North Air Ambulance helicopter which had landed on Palace Green, near Durham Cathedral. The man was then taken to Newcastle’s Royal Victoria Infirmary.

The extent of his injuries are not yet known.

The bus involved was an Arriva vehicle on the 49A Durham-Brandon route. It appears the bus turned left out of the bus station onto North Road and the crash happened about 10 to 20 yards from the exit.

A shop worker in the street, who did not wish to be named said: “I heard screams in the street and later heard the sirens arriving. It’s terrible.”

Dozens of people, who were relaxing on Palace Green, were cleared from the area to allow the helicopter to land.

Julie Martin, of Sunderland: “We were quite excited a first when we saw the helicopter approaching.

“The security guards asked everyone to clear the Palace Green before it landed. I have seen documentaries on television and thought they were making one at first - and then actually seeing it.

“The ambulance arrived and the person was placed on board, before it took off.”

Nick Knox, area managing director for Arriva North East said: “We can confirm that an incident occurred today as one of our buses left Durham Bus Station.

"We believe a pedestrian has been taken from the scene in an ambulance. We are working closely with the police to understand exactly what happened.”

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7:24pm Mon 28 Jul 14

JBOND007 says...

It was only a matter of time before this happened! One driver was parked up the other day with no regard for pedestrians or other road users who had to pull out into the middle of the road. Some bus drivers seem have poor driving skills without mentioning a name. They drive at speed and almost recklessly! Braking hard and not obeying traffic lights!
It was only a matter of time before this happened! One driver was parked up the other day with no regard for pedestrians or other road users who had to pull out into the middle of the road. Some bus drivers seem have poor driving skills without mentioning a name. They drive at speed and almost recklessly! Braking hard and not obeying traffic lights! JBOND007
  • Score: 17

8:08am Tue 29 Jul 14

hippyjohn says...

why be taken by air ambulance? Dryburn is only up the road
why be taken by air ambulance? Dryburn is only up the road hippyjohn
  • Score: -4

10:44am Tue 29 Jul 14

David Lacey says...

You make an excellent point John. As for North Road and the bus station - they are disgusting, revolting gateways to our city and need drastic amounts of money spent on them.
You make an excellent point John. As for North Road and the bus station - they are disgusting, revolting gateways to our city and need drastic amounts of money spent on them. David Lacey
  • Score: 4

10:49am Tue 29 Jul 14

Northcroft says...

Totally agree with hippyjohn (BTW get ya hair cut. . . ! ) WHY a helicopter ?? Hospital just up the road etc, this seems to be more and more common, I have read many cases lately where a helicopter is being used for accidents, no wonder the NHS is struggling, this must cost a fortune and is totally unecessary
Totally agree with hippyjohn (BTW get ya hair cut. . . ! ) WHY a helicopter ?? Hospital just up the road etc, this seems to be more and more common, I have read many cases lately where a helicopter is being used for accidents, no wonder the NHS is struggling, this must cost a fortune and is totally unecessary Northcroft
  • Score: -12

11:24am Tue 29 Jul 14

MagicAlf says...

Northcroft wrote:
Totally agree with hippyjohn (BTW get ya hair cut. . . ! ) WHY a helicopter ?? Hospital just up the road etc, this seems to be more and more common, I have read many cases lately where a helicopter is being used for accidents, no wonder the NHS is struggling, this must cost a fortune and is totally unecessary
If the patient has major trauma then the only two hospitals geared up for it are the RVI and James Cook. The Air Ambulance is to get them there as quickly as possible.

Major Trauma hospitals have teams of specialists and specialist equipment and are very expensive to run, which is why mist A and E departments aren't designated as major trauma centres.
[quote][p][bold]Northcroft[/bold] wrote: Totally agree with hippyjohn (BTW get ya hair cut. . . ! ) WHY a helicopter ?? Hospital just up the road etc, this seems to be more and more common, I have read many cases lately where a helicopter is being used for accidents, no wonder the NHS is struggling, this must cost a fortune and is totally unecessary[/p][/quote]If the patient has major trauma then the only two hospitals geared up for it are the RVI and James Cook. The Air Ambulance is to get them there as quickly as possible. Major Trauma hospitals have teams of specialists and specialist equipment and are very expensive to run, which is why mist A and E departments aren't designated as major trauma centres. MagicAlf
  • Score: 13

11:25am Tue 29 Jul 14

DURHAM CITY says...

Some arriva drivers are driving far to fast out of that bus station its like the wacky races at times
Some arriva drivers are driving far to fast out of that bus station its like the wacky races at times DURHAM CITY
  • Score: 0

11:33am Tue 29 Jul 14

Durham_guy says...

Typical Always the drivers fault....!!! Thankgod for CCTV...pedestrains need to take more care when crossing the road....Most just walk out without looking....

Everyone knows how bad the station is and its long overdue that it was changed into something a little safer...but that council for ya.

Hope both thte driver and pedestrian are ok....
Typical Always the drivers fault....!!! Thankgod for CCTV...pedestrains need to take more care when crossing the road....Most just walk out without looking.... Everyone knows how bad the station is and its long overdue that it was changed into something a little safer...but that council for ya. Hope both thte driver and pedestrian are ok.... Durham_guy
  • Score: 16

12:15pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Durham_Lad says...

DURHAM CITY wrote:
Some arriva drivers are driving far to fast out of that bus station its like the wacky races at times
Why are you so quick to blame the bus drivers? There are hundred's of buses exit that bus station on a daily basis and every bus stops at the compulsory 'Stop' sign at the exit. North road is a notoriously dangerous place, what with pedestrians not looking where they are going, parked up buses picking up passengers opposite, illegally parked vans, cars and taxis adding to the nightmare! The sooner its changed around the better!
Good luck to the man who was injured and I hope the cctv footage shows it wasn't the drivers fault!
There's far to many people in this World who like to point the finger without knowing all the facts first!
[quote][p][bold]DURHAM CITY[/bold] wrote: Some arriva drivers are driving far to fast out of that bus station its like the wacky races at times[/p][/quote]Why are you so quick to blame the bus drivers? There are hundred's of buses exit that bus station on a daily basis and every bus stops at the compulsory 'Stop' sign at the exit. North road is a notoriously dangerous place, what with pedestrians not looking where they are going, parked up buses picking up passengers opposite, illegally parked vans, cars and taxis adding to the nightmare! The sooner its changed around the better! Good luck to the man who was injured and I hope the cctv footage shows it wasn't the drivers fault! There's far to many people in this World who like to point the finger without knowing all the facts first! Durham_Lad
  • Score: 18

12:27pm Tue 29 Jul 14

darloboss says...

Northcroft wrote:
Totally agree with hippyjohn (BTW get ya hair cut. . . ! ) WHY a helicopter ?? Hospital just up the road etc, this seems to be more and more common, I have read many cases lately where a helicopter is being used for accidents, no wonder the NHS is struggling, this must cost a fortune and is totally unecessary
the air ambulance is a charity and gets no funding from the nhs or the government
[quote][p][bold]Northcroft[/bold] wrote: Totally agree with hippyjohn (BTW get ya hair cut. . . ! ) WHY a helicopter ?? Hospital just up the road etc, this seems to be more and more common, I have read many cases lately where a helicopter is being used for accidents, no wonder the NHS is struggling, this must cost a fortune and is totally unecessary[/p][/quote]the air ambulance is a charity and gets no funding from the nhs or the government darloboss
  • Score: 16

12:36pm Tue 29 Jul 14

Risk555 says...

I recall an elderley lady being killed in this exact same spot a good few years ago, her body was dragged all the way up to the Colpitts. In all honesty i'd be suprised if this turned out to be the drivers fault.
I recall an elderley lady being killed in this exact same spot a good few years ago, her body was dragged all the way up to the Colpitts. In all honesty i'd be suprised if this turned out to be the drivers fault. Risk555
  • Score: 12

8:34am Wed 30 Jul 14

hippyjohn says...

why have a hospital that cannot handle emergencies? Bishop Auckland and Dryburn being just 2
why have a hospital that cannot handle emergencies? Bishop Auckland and Dryburn being just 2 hippyjohn
  • Score: -2

6:19pm Wed 30 Jul 14

BOBINS says...

darloboss wrote:
Northcroft wrote:
Totally agree with hippyjohn (BTW get ya hair cut. . . ! ) WHY a helicopter ?? Hospital just up the road etc, this seems to be more and more common, I have read many cases lately where a helicopter is being used for accidents, no wonder the NHS is struggling, this must cost a fortune and is totally unecessary
the air ambulance is a charity and gets no funding from the nhs or the government
Darloboss, I was about to say the same thing..... Living near the airport I see just how many times the GNEAA helecopter goes out, every time it leaves the floor it cost money..... It's isn't sent out without good reason.
In a major accident speed is of the essence, in fact in one northern echo report last week, when teessides chopper was out on another job the Cumbria helecopter was deployed to an accident in Darlington. It came from Penrith and arrived in less than 15 minutes..... Faster than you could get an ambulance across town!
I would like to think that if I needed it it would be there but if it isnt supported by all the charity donations, the GNEAA won't be an option!!!!
[quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Northcroft[/bold] wrote: Totally agree with hippyjohn (BTW get ya hair cut. . . ! ) WHY a helicopter ?? Hospital just up the road etc, this seems to be more and more common, I have read many cases lately where a helicopter is being used for accidents, no wonder the NHS is struggling, this must cost a fortune and is totally unecessary[/p][/quote]the air ambulance is a charity and gets no funding from the nhs or the government[/p][/quote]Darloboss, I was about to say the same thing..... Living near the airport I see just how many times the GNEAA helecopter goes out, every time it leaves the floor it cost money..... It's isn't sent out without good reason. In a major accident speed is of the essence, in fact in one northern echo report last week, when teessides chopper was out on another job the Cumbria helecopter was deployed to an accident in Darlington. It came from Penrith and arrived in less than 15 minutes..... Faster than you could get an ambulance across town! I would like to think that if I needed it it would be there but if it isnt supported by all the charity donations, the GNEAA won't be an option!!!! BOBINS
  • Score: 2

10:38pm Fri 1 Aug 14

timmy85 says...

There are plans to completely revamp the whole of North Road - moving the Bus Stop to where Anglian Windows was, turning the round-a-bout into a T-junction and pedestrianising the top of North Road! Nice idea's, but still doesn't stop Bus Drivers from reckless driving. If you're stood on the edge of the pavement and a bus is coming nearby you might want to move far away from the road, or they will likely clip you! They go too fast and like many say, seem to have their own Road Rules!
There are plans to completely revamp the whole of North Road - moving the Bus Stop to where Anglian Windows was, turning the round-a-bout into a T-junction and pedestrianising the top of North Road! Nice idea's, but still doesn't stop Bus Drivers from reckless driving. If you're stood on the edge of the pavement and a bus is coming nearby you might want to move far away from the road, or they will likely clip you! They go too fast and like many say, seem to have their own Road Rules! timmy85
  • Score: 1

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