A TRAFFIC accident saw the entire front window of a bus smashed in a busy city centre road.
The incident, involving a Stagecoach bus going from Sunderland to South Shields and a lorry, took place at around 12.30pm on the roundabout of the A1018 road which leads onto St Mary’s Way.
The crash caused severe delays for traffic coming into the city centre, with the stretch of road being closed until about 2pm.
No passengers on the bus were injured but according to witnesses the female driver was shaken but otherwise unharmed.
Mary Bainbridge, of Herrington, was driving near the scene of the accident.
The 33-year-old mum-of-two said: “There were police cars and ambulances all over the place. The queues were going right back over the bridge to begin with. I thought something awful must have happened.”
Janet Latham, who was walking near the scene of the incident, said: “The windscreen of the bus was all smashed in. At first I thought someone had been knocked over but then relaised it had hit a lorry.”
Nigel Winter, operations director at Stagecoach North East, said: “We can confirm that, earlier today, our E2 service was involved in a collision on the Wearmouth Bridge as it travelled between Sunderland and South Shields.
“Our immediate concern is for the safety and wellbeing of our passengers, our driver and the driver of the other vehicle and we are in contact with all of those involved.
“We have begun an internal investigation into the incident and are working closely with the police as they conduct their enquiries. As such, we are unable to comment further at this time.”
A spokeswoman for Northumbria Police said: “At 12.30pm, police received a report of a crash involving a bus and a lorry at Bridge Street.”