TWO men were injured yesterday after a double decker bus crashed in a busy street in Glasgow city centre.
It is understood one man was crossing Renfield Street when he was struck by another vehicle that had been shunted forward by the bus following the accident, which took place shortly before 4pm.
Eyewitness said there was no driver or passengers on board the First-operated bus at the time of the incident.
Shoaib Hanif, 28, said he saw a man, thought to be the bus driver, running before he saw the vehicle itself careering down the street.
He explained: “He was running from where the old Odeon cinema was and the bus was already at the traffic lights. It hit a blue car which then hit a man crossing the road.
“The bus then carried on down and hit another bus which hit another bus.”
Paul McNamee, editor of the Big Issue in Scotland, was walking along Renfield Street at the time of the crash.
He said at least five buses were caught up in the “massive collision” after the double decker “ploughed” down the street through several junctions. The journalist said other buses at the junction with St Vincent street “bore the brunt” of the collision, with their drivers appearing to act quickly by helping passengers to disembark.
He tweeted: “Looks like three cars badly damaged. Thankfully it doesn’t appear like any people badly hurt.”
Muhammad Sultan, manager of Charcoals Indian restaurant on Renfield Street, said he was having a conversation when he heard a “bang.”
He said: “The bus came from behind. People were trying to run out, they were all shocked and didn’t realise what had happened. They opened the fire exit doors to get out – the front doors wouldn’t open. There were children crying, I went over to try and offer them some help.”
There was disruption to rush hour traffic in the city centre as Renfield Street was closed in the vicinty of West George Street and St Vincent Street to allow road traffic accident investigators teams access to the scene.
A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: “Around 15:45 police received a report of a bus apparently travelling south on Renfield Street having collided with a stationary car at traffic lights at West George Street. The car moved forward and struck a pedestrian on Renfield Street.“Two men have been taken to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary for treatment to injuries.”