Gateshead Cemetery Bus Crash Leaves Two Hospitalised And Others Injured

Police Investigating After Vehicle Collided With Railings And Entered Site

05.09.2014

Northumbria Police are continuing their investigations after a Go North East bus collided with a car, hit railings and then crashed into headstones in Saltwell Cemetery in Gateshead yesterday (September 4th).

Two people were taken to hospital with minor injuries following the incident, while 15 passengers were also checking by paramedics at the scene.

Go North East confirmed that the driver of the bus was speaking to the police and added it was planning to fully investigate how the incident occurred.

It is believed that up to 50 headstones in the cemetery were destroyed in the crash.

Expert Opinion
It is very worrying to hear reports of this incident and it is vital that steps are taken to understand the circumstances which led to the crash, with the ultimate aim of ensuring those affected can get the answers they will no doubt be seeking.

"Through our work on behalf of passengers injured in such incidents, including those hurt in a head-on smash involving a Stanley Travel bus in Stanley in June, we have seen how such crashes can lead those involved to suffer both physical and psychological trauma.

"It is vital that victims are able to access the support they need following this crash and we hope that, where possible, lessons can be learned to improve safety in the future."
Glen Edney, Partner