Birmingham & Black Country

Double-decker's roof torn off by bridge in Bournville

The bus missing its roof Image copyright Amy Tunney
Image caption The bus was travelling through Bournville in Birmingham at the time of the crash

The roof of a double-decker bus was torn off when it passed under a low railway bridge.

The top of the vehicle was "completely removed" when it went through the tunnel in Bournville Lane, Birmingham, according to a paramedic who attended.

Photos show extensive damage to the National Express West Midlands bus, which was out of service at the time.

No passengers were on board and the driver, in his 30s, was not injured.

The bridge, near Cadbury World, bears signs warning of a 10ft (3m) height limit.

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Media captionThat's torn it

West Midlands paramedic Ben Pallante, who was called to the scene, said it marked an "unusual end" to his shift.

A fire crew from nearby Kings Norton simply described the crash as a case of "double decker v bridge. Bridge wins".

A spokesman for National Express said it would be investigating what happened.

Image copyright Ben Pallante
Image caption The top of the bus was completely detached from the rest of the vehicle
Image copyright Ben Pallante
Image caption A close-up view shows how much damage was caused by the impact
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Image caption The bridge, seen here in daylight, is near Bournville railway station
Image copyright West Midlands Ambulance Service
Image caption The roof was 'sliced off' by the bridge, the ambulance service said

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