Bridgwater crash: Latest as double decker bus carrying Hinkley workers overturns in crash on A39

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A major incident was declared this morning after a double-decker bus carrying 70 workers to Hinkley Point C overturned on the A39 near Bridgwater.

No-one died in the crash but 56 people were injured. They were taken to three hospitals in the region.

Emergency services, including an air ambulance, were first called to the A39 Quantock Road, near Cannington, at around 6am this morning (17 January). The crash involved the bus and a motorcyclist.

Dozens of Hinkley Point C workers on their way to work were injured in the crash.

Closures are in place at the junction of Sandford Hill and Quantock Road. Travel to and from Hinkley Point C has been suspended.

Speaking at a press conference this afternoon, Inspector Rebecca Wells-Cole confirmed there were 70 workers from Hinkley Point C on the bus as well as the driver. 

She said there have been no fatalities but confirmed multiple people were taken to hospital.

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Insp Wells-Cole said more than 50 people were injured and were taken to Bristol's Southmead Hospital, Musgrove Hospital in Taunton and Bridgwater Minor Injuries Unit.

"The incident was initially declared as a major incident due to the number of people involved and the resources required," Insp Wells-Cole added. "This has since been stood down."

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The NHS has since confirmed three people were taken to Southmead Hospital in Bristol, 26 were taken to Taunton A&E and 27 patients were treated at the minor injuries unit in Bridgwater.

They said a "small number" of people require surgery and "some have been admitted to inpatient wards".

None of the people taken to Bristol were admitted to hospital.

The incident happened after Avon and Somerset Police received more than 100 reports of road-related incidents in just five hours last night (16 January).

Between 6pm and 11pm, there were 53 crashes, with most of them caused by icy and dangerous driving conditions.

A South Western Ambulance spokesperson said: "Please take care while travelling this morning, the conditions are extremely icy due to the freezing overnight temperatures and residual water on the road from the past week's wet weather."

A spokesperson from Hinkley Point C thanked emergency services for their quick responce.

They added: "Police are still on the scene and leading the investigation. They are recovering the damaged vehicle with a view to opening the road later this afternoon.

"We are supporting those affected and our thoughts are with all involved.

"Safety of our workforce is of paramount importance to us and we will assist the police as they investigate the cause of the incident."

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