Two dead after double-decker hits supermarket.Drive Hot News
An eight-year-old boy and a woman thought to be in her 70s have died after a double-decker bus crashed into a supermarket in Coventry city centre, West Midlands Police have said.
The boy, a passenger on the top deck of the bus, and the woman, a pedestrian, both died at the scene.
A nine-year-old girl is also seriously ill in hospital, while six others, including the bus driver, were hurt.
The bus collided with stationary cars before hitting the Sainsbury's store.
Police have not commented on what caused the crash, which happened in Trinity Street at about 18:00 BST on Saturday.
A number of people were trapped on the bus's top deck, police added.
Specialist officers are supporting the families of the boy, from Leamington, and the woman, from Nuneaton.A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said the nine-year-old girl had injuries to her face, head and right leg and suspected chest, abdominal and pelvic injuries. She remains in a critical but stable condition at Birmingham Children's Hospital.
Five people were treated at University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire - the bus driver, a man in his 50s, with neck and shoulder injuries; a man in his 20s with a broken arm; a man with a minor leg injury; a woman in her 60s with leg and arm injuries, and a man with a minor injury. Another person was treated at the scene.
All but one of the five have been discharged from hospital.
Stagecoach Midlands said the bus was on the X18 service from Coventry to Leamington.
Road closures were put in place after the crash while police carried out investigations but have now been lifted.Police Supt Paul Keasey said: "We hope to carry out a swift investigation and I would like to thank people who have already come forward who witnessed the collision.
"This is a busy area of Coventry city centre and we hope to keep disruption to a minimum as our investigation continues; no-one has been arrested at this stage."
"Everyone was just screaming and there were two kids trapped at the top of the vehicle," he said.