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Young boy hit by ambulance in Bath

A young boy has been taken to hospital with serious head injuries after being hit by an ambulance on its way to an emergency call in the centre of Bath. The accident happened at 4 o'clock on the London Road at Snow Hill.

The ambulance crew gave first aid to the boy at the scene and then took him to the Royal United Hospital. Police officers who were following the ambulance witnessed the incident. The ambulance was responding to a call about a car fire.

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Accident in Bath involving a vehicle and pedestrian

Bath and North East Somerset Council say London Road in Bath is closed because of a serious accident involving a vehicle and a pedestrian. It's likely to be closed for three hours.

Please be aware there is an Emergency Road Closure on London Road, Bath. This is in both directions at Snow Hill to the Esso Garage. Reason – serious collision between a vehicle and pedestrian. This road is likely to be closed for three hours. Signage is being provided for the closure by the Council. This will result in large volumes of traffic going onto other routes.

The Council will be monitoring traffic flows and making adjustments to signal timings in order to keep traffic moving as much as possible.

– Bath and North East Somerset Council

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Transmitter fire hits broadcasts in Bath

A fire at the site of the Bath transmitter has affected TV and radio broadcasts to thousands of homes. Crews were called to the site in Bathampton just before 6am. They put out the fire, which they believe may have been started deliberately, but it caused a power cut which engineers are working on.

Freeview TV channels, local radion and national analogue and digital radio channels have all been affected.

This was a couple of sheds, or outbuildings, on fire, off Golf Course Road.

We were called at around 5.45am and several appliances from Bath fire station are on the scene.

I believe this may be affecting radio and possibly television transmissions in the area at the moment.

Police have also been called as the early indications are that this fire may have been deliberately started.

– Avon Fire & Rescue Service

Sky customers are unaffected, as are people in the south of the city who are served by the Mendip transmitter.

US band members remain in hospital after coach crash

Members of American band Baroness and their crew have been recovering from injuries sustained after their tour bus crash outside of Bath early on Wednesday morning.

Members of Baroness. Credit: Baronessmusic.com

The band issued a statement on their website today: "John Baizley has broken his left arm and left leg. Allen Blickle and Matt Maggioni each suffered fractured vertebrae.

"All three remain in the hospital as of this writing. Pete Adams has been treated and released from the hospital.

"Three of the five crew members who were on the bus have also been treated and released. One member is still undergoing testing. The driver of the bus remains in critical condition."

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Witness describes dramatic first moments after band's coach crash

Kerry Heskith, 24, who works in the Angelfish Cafe next to the crash site, said it was a "miracle" no-one was more seriously hurt.

The assistant manager said

It was pouring down with rain and we just heard a humongous noise, a massive bang.

It was like a cross between thunder and a massive lorry crash.Me and my colleague just looked at each other and ran straight around the coroner and went up onto the road and we saw the vehicle that had gone over and ran straight back to get our colleagues to ring the emergency services.We then went back around the corner and saw that it was a coach and presumed the worse - that it was full of people.

There were just trees everywhere and it was all smashed up.We could see a couple of people moving inside and it was quite quickly assumed that everyone was alive and we got the numbers that it was nine people.

All Baroness tour dates 'postponed until further notice'

A statement has been posted on the website of the US rock band Baroness, who were on board a bus that crashed off a viaduct in Bath and fell 30 foot:

Baroness were in a serious bus accident last night near Bath, England. The band members and crew are recovering at local hospitals. All tour dates are postponed until further notice.

More updates to come.

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