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Fourteen injured in multiple coach crash

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Fourteen people have been injured after two double-decker buses collided in Manchester city centre.

The two vehicles were involved in a smash at the junction of Aytoun Street and Minshull Street, near Manchester Piccadilly station.

Police, ambulances and the fire service rushed to the scene, outside the Holiday Inn hotel, just after 7.30am.

The North West Ambulance Service said two people have been taken to hospital.

It is understood one of the bus doors was jammed shut and some passengers were trapped inside for a brief period.

The fire service said 14 people were being treated at the scene for minor injuries.

Part of the junction has been taped off while an investigation takes place and drivers are being warned of delays.

Stagecoach confirmed two of its buses were involved in the crash, and said the company would carry out its own investigation into the incident.

A Stagecoach spokesperson said:

Two of our vehicles were involved in a collision just before 8:00 this morning in Manchester city centre.

We understand that several people may have been injured in the incident and our first thoughts are for the welfare of all those involved.

Safety is our absolute priority. We will be assisting police with their inquiries into the incident as well as carrying out our own investigation into the circumstances.

– Stagecoach

Two huge recovery trucks have arrived at the scene to removed the damaged buses, as the incident continues to disrupt traffic in the area.

We were called at 7.34am to a road traffic collision involving two double decker buses.

We are assisting the North West Ambulance Service and treating a number of casualties, as well as making the scene safe.

There is a cordon in place as well. Fourteen people on the two buses have been injured.

– Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service

We got a call after 7.30am to Aytoun Street that two buses have collided.

Ambulances are in attendance, but there are no serious injuries.

One of the buses doors would not open so some people were inside. There are delays in the area.

– Greater Manchester Police

The crash involved two Stagecoach buses, with eyewitnesses claiming that one appeared to have gone directly into the back of the other on Aytoun Street, just yards from Minshull Street Crown Court.

They are still currently crushed together with the windscreen of the second bus shattered.

There were two fire engines which have just left the scene.

We sent two ambulances and a rapid response vehicle to a two bus road traffic collision.

Two ambulances have been taken to hospital. Two patients went to Manchester Royal Infirmary.

– North West Ambulance Service