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Seventeen people hurt as two buses collide in Luton

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Image caption A Centrebus and Grant Palmer bus collided on the busway on Saturday, injuring 17 people

Seventeen people were injured when two buses crashed into each other in Luton.

Fifteen of the injured were taken to hospital after the collision on the town's guided busway track on Saturday.

The East of England Ambulance Service said five patients sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries.

The two bus operators, Centrebus and Grant Palmer Ltd, said investigations were under way into the cause of the collision and they were co-operating with Bedfordshire Police.

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Image caption Emergency services treated 17 people injured when the two buses collided
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Image caption Fifteen of the wounded were taken to hospital

The accident happened at about 15:00 BST on the westbound side of the Hatters Way busway near Chaul End Lane.

Passenger Adam Carrick, said: "I got thrown halfway down the aisle of the bus, got up to check everyone was all right and tried to get everybody back off the aisle because there was glass everywhere."

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Image caption The accident was on Luton's guided busway track

A spokesman for Flitwick-based Grant Palmer said: "We do not yet know the circumstances surrounding this incident.

"We will fully assist and comply with the police investigation into this matter. We wish those injured a speedy recovery"

Centrebus released a statement saying an investigation was under way to "establish what caused the incident".

"We continue to work with the police, DVSA [Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency] and the local authority with regards to this matter."

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