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Up to eight people seriously injured after double-decker overturns in Devon road

It happened on the A385 between Totnes and Paignton. Credit: Catherine Serjeant

Up to eight people are believed to be seriously injured after a double-decker bus overturned into a field in Devon on Saturday 5 October.

Emergency services declared a "major incident" after the crash happened on the A385 between Totnes and Paignton, at around 11am.

A multi-agency approach was immediately adopted by emergency services, who deployed a large number of police, fire and ambulance vehicles.

Numerous air ambulances also attended the scene.

One of the first pictures of the scene. Credit: Fiona Davy-Thomas/DevonLive

At 5:30pm Devon and Cornwall Police released this statement:

Following the incident near Longcombe Cross at around 11am today (5 October), 37 people sustained injuries, of which eight people are described as having potentially serious injuries.

Those injured have been conveyed to Bristol, Exeter, Torbay, Derriford and Newton Abbot for treatment and ongoing assessment by medical professionals. All who were sent to Newton Abbot Hospital have since been discharged.

In addition, 10 further people were assessed and supported at Paignton Library by police and medical professionals, but did not require any further medical treatment.

The scene is now in the hands of police and officers from the serious collisions investigation unit continue with their enquiries. We can confirm that the driver of the bus has not been arrested, but he is helping police with our investigations into this incident.

– Spokesperson, Devon and Cornwall Police
The bus landed on its side after overturning on a Devon road. Credit: Matt Rogan/DevonLive

The force also confirmed that the road will close again from 7am on Sunday 6 October while emergency crews recover the bus from the field.

It also added that there's significant pressure on local health services as a result of the crash. People are being urged not to attend A&E departments in the area unless it's a real emergency.