Bus driver dead and 15 injured as two buses and alleged minicab collide

A bus driver has died and 15 more injured in a crash involving two buses and a car in south east London last night.

Police are now appealing for witnesses to the incident on Sevenoaks Road in Orpington at 22:12 on Thursday night.

Metropolitan Police Officers, London Fire Brigade and London Ambulance Service all attended the collision between two London buses and one car.

The car involved is alleged to have been displaying Transport for London private hire vehicle signage in the windscreen car according to a BBC witness statement and photos from the incident.

The driver of one of the buses, believed to be a 60-year-old man, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Paramedics also treated 15 casualties at the scene. Three of the casualties are being treated for serious injuries, and the remaining have minor injuries.

The driver of the car, a 24-year-old man, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drug driving.

He was taken to a south London hospital as a precaution before being taken to a south London police station where he remains in custody.

A Metropolitan Police spokesperson told TaxiPoint: “At this early stage in the investigation we are unable to confirm if the car was a private hire vehicle.

“Enquiries continue.”

Image credit: Met Police

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