Inspector James Biggs, of Sussex Police, said it was too early to say whether a medical episode suffered by one of the drivers was to blame for a crash which left 23 people injured.
As you can appreciate, on a sunny day in Brighton there were lots of people everywhere. It was very chaotic. The main priority was care for the patients.
It was declared a major incident very early on. We got a very good response from the three emergency services, and we worked very well in the initial stages to make sure the patients got the care and treatment that they needed.
This footage shows the immediate aftermath of the Brighton bus crash in which 23 people were injured.
Video credit: William Goodfield
ITV Meridian's Andy Dickinson reports from the scene of the bus crash in Brighton:
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South East Central Ambulance service says that around 23 people have been injured in the Brighton bus crash.
- 7 patients have been sent to Royal Sussex County Hospital
- 2 of those are men with life threatening injuries
- 6 patients with non life threatening injuries have been taken to Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath
- A number of other patients (approx. 10) have been checked over by South East Central Ambulance service clinicians for minor injuries before being discharged at the scene
SECAmb was called to reports of a serious collision between two buses in North Street, Brighton today, (Monday 6 July) at approximately 9.25am. A total of seven ambulances attended the scene along with six paramedic cars. Our Hazardous Area Response Team also attended along with the air ambulance. Our thoughts are with all those affected by this incident. We would request that people avoid the area which is very congested.
Brighton and Hove Buses has confirmed that one of its drivers has been injured in the Brighton bus crash:
"I can confirm that two of our buses were in collision in North Street this morning at around 09:22.
All passengers were evacuated and the emergency services have been in attendance along with our operational team. The driver of one of the buses has been injured and the air ambulance is also in attendance.
Our first concerns are for the safety and wellbeing of our staff and passengers on the bus. We have also set a full investigation in motion.
There will be severe disruption to services this morning and diversions are in place with eastbound services diverting via Queens Road and North Road and westbound services diverting via the A259 and Holland Road
Any services terminating at Churchill Square and now terminating and re-starting at the Steine including service 25”.