Passengers hurt as bus slams into wall at Chatswood station

Fire trucks and ambulances attend the scene at Chatswood bus interchange. Photo: Craig BaileyMajor delays as truck overturns at Dee WhySydney traffic

Several people have been injured after a bus crashed into a wall at the Chatswood interchange under the railway station on Monday morning.

Police said 45 passengers were on board the bus when the accident occurred about 7.15am.

Five people were taken to Royal North Shore Hospital with a variety of non-life-threatening injuries, while a sixth person was treated by paramedics at the scene.

Contrary to some reports, no one was trapped in the vehicle, police said.

The accident occurred when a Forest Coach Lines bus clipped the rear of another bus inside the interchange and then ploughed into the wall of a storeroom. The bus was operating route 280, between Chatswood and Warringah Mall.

NSW Fire and Rescue duty commander Stephen Jones said engineers were assessing the structural damage to the wall, but no nearby shops were affected.

“It hasn’t affected any of the shops or any traffic; it’s only a wall to a storeroom,” he said. “There’s no shops or persons in danger at all.”

Officers from North Shore Local Area Command are investigating and were interviewing the driver, who was among the five taken to hospital.

“The driver had slight injuries, more shock than anything, I believe,” Mr Jones said. “She has been transported to hospital for observation.”

Fire authorities were awaiting the arrival of a heavy duty tow truck to remove the bus from the wall.

Other bus services were diverting from the east side of the interchange and were departing from Endeavour Street instead, Transport for NSW said.

The routes affected were the 136, 137, 257, 267, 265, 277-284, 343, L60 and M40.

Forest Coach Lines, which operates services between the north shore, northern beaches and the city, has been contacted for comment.

A Transport for NSW spokesman said safety was the organisation’s top priority and the incident will be investigated.

“Transport for NSW will meet with the operator today to discuss the cause of the incident, and what steps need to be taken to prevent it from happening again,” the spokesman said. Bus slammed into wall at #Chatswood bus interchange #station. Ppl injured pic.twitter老域名出售/rjLvJb3TBZ— Hon (@warpedlens) December 13, 2015Buses are diverting away from Chatswood Bus Interchange due to an accident. Buses are departing from Endeavour St instead— Buses North (@BusesNorth) December 13, 2015

It came on the same morning as a truck overturned at a busy intersection in Dee Why on the northern beaches, blocking several lanes of traffic and causing major peak hour delays.

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