Pedestrian pinned below double-decker bus and dragged 20 metres

A PEDESTRIAN has been trapped under a double-decker bus and dragged for 20 metres in Plymouth.

The 23-year-old man has now been freed by firefighters and his injuries are not life threatening.

Eyewitnesses saw a man “underneath a double decker bus” who was “dragged at least 20 metres” along the road.

A police spokesperson said: “We were called at 4.40pm to a collision involving a male pedestrian and a bus. He was trapped, pinned under the bus. He has been freed by the fire service [who] lifted the bus.

“[His main injury] is a hip injury and it’s looking like minor injuries to his head and arms. He is off to Derriford [Hospital] by ambulance.

“Exeter Street outbound has been closed. Traffic is being directed down Sutton Road.

“[His injuries] are not life-threatening but possibly life-changing. The road will be closed until we know the severity of [his] injury.

“There will be traffic delays for some time.”

Three fire engines went to the scene at 4.40pm along with a specialist heavy lifting vehicle.

A fire spokesperson said: “We were alerted to the incident at 4.40pm by the ambulance service that a man was trapped under the bus with injuries to his arms and knees.”

A statement added: “Crews from Greenbank and Crownhill released a 23yr old male from under a bus at Cattedown Roundabout, Exeter Street, Plymouth.
“Crews used hydraulic rescue equipment and airbags to release the gentleman, into the care of Ambulance paramedics, before making the vehicle and scene safe.

“This incident is now complete and all crews have now come away from the scene but due to the time of day we anticipate this will have an effect on the rush hour traffic.”

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