Bus trapped under bridge

STUCK: A student's photographs of the damage to the bus roof
STUCK: A student's photographs of the damage to the bus roof
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This was the moment a bus collided with a bridge in Chorley causing rail services to be suspended.

A double-decker Fishwicks bus carrying students from Runshaw College hit the roof of the bridge on Euxton Lane, Euxton, at around 4.30pm on Tuesday after it is believed the driver took a wrong turn.

No one was injured but services on the West Coast Main Line were suspended for 40 minutes while investigators assessed the damage.

Runshaw College student Kurt Lucas, who was travelling on the bus, said: “Luckily nobody was seriously hurt.”

The bus sustained minor damage and was able to drive off some time later.

A spokesperson for Runshaw College said: “Fishwicks told us the incident was down to a driver error who took a different route from normal.

“They tell us an internal investigation will be carried out.

“Police attended to make sure everyone was ok and got home safely.”

A spokesperson for Fishwicks said: “We are investigating the incident and until that has happened I cannot comment.”

A spokesperson for Network Rail said: “By 4.50pm we had opened two of the four lines on the West Coast Main Line and by 5.10pm we had reopened the other two.

“In terms of disruption, it was relatively minor, with 54 minute delays to train services.

“That was spread over 10 trains so amounted to five minutes per train. There was no visible damage to the bridge.”