NHS Statement following major incident involving bus

(Last Updated On: October 5, 2019)

The NHS has released a statement this evening following a major incident involving an overturned bus this morning, Saturday 5th October.

37 people were injured in the incident, 8 with what has been described at potentially serious injuries.

The road was closed for over 7 hours whilst the incident was dealt with.

Jane Viner, Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Executive at Torbay and South Devon Foundation Trust, said on behalf of the NHS in Devon:

“Our thoughts are with all those who were affected by the coach crash in South Devon this morning. The emergency services and hospitals across Devon responded very quickly and have been incredibly professional and compassionate in looking after all the casualties.

“The major incident has now been stood down, and I would like to thank everyone who has played a part in responding to it. Many staff have come in on their days off, to ensure people were safely supported. It’s been a huge team effort by emergency services, and hospital staff in Exeter, Plymouth and Torbay – we’ve had extra surgeons, doctors, GPs, nurses, chaplains, and many other support staff reporting for duty. Thank you all.

“All our emergency services remain under severe pressure this evening, so we would ask people only to come to our Emergency Departments in a genuine emergency.”

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