Bus smashes into van in Long Ditton leaving passengers stunned and 'person taken to hospital'

Surrey Comet: Bus smashes into van leaving passengers stunned and 'person' taken to hospital' Pic: David Williams Bus smashes into van leaving passengers stunned and 'person' taken to hospital' Pic: David Williams

A bus has smashed into a van in a collision this evening in Long Ditton.

The K3 bus suffered a shattered windscreen and heavy damage to its front right side after the crash about an hour ago in Effingham Road, on the borders of Surbiton and Long Ditton.

One unconfirmed report claimed the van flipped over three times.

David Williams who took these pictures of the aftermath initally tweeted: "Serious RTA on Effingham Road Long Ditton.

"K3 bus and van. No one hurt."

He then tweeted: "My wife reports at least one person being taken in an ambulance at 7pm. Crash occurred at 5.45pm."

Mr Williams, a cycling instructor who passed shortly after the crash, told the Surrey Comet the accident had happened at the junction of Effingham Road and Windmill Lane.

He said: "I asked someone if anybody was hurt and they said nobody. Someone said the van had flipped three times.

"They said the driver got out. There's a lot of wreckage on the roads.

"My wife went pash an hour later and saw somebody being taken away in an ambulance from the bus."

A second photograph shows a white Nationwide Repairs van with damage to the middle of its right hand side and roof with its back wheels on a grass verge. 

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10:48am Thu 8 May 14

SteveC1964 says...

It's time for Elmbridge council to introduce a 20 mph speed limit on these residential roads. And while they're at it, a ban on parking on the footway too.
It's time for Elmbridge council to introduce a 20 mph speed limit on these residential roads. And while they're at it, a ban on parking on the footway too. SteveC1964
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10:55am Thu 8 May 14

DB says...

SteveC1964 wrote:
It's time for Elmbridge council to introduce a 20 mph speed limit on these residential roads. And while they're at it, a ban on parking on the footway too.
Agreed. Effingham Road is a nightmare to navigate with all of the parked cars. There should be parking on one side only and red lines on the other.
[quote][p][bold]SteveC1964[/bold] wrote: It's time for Elmbridge council to introduce a 20 mph speed limit on these residential roads. And while they're at it, a ban on parking on the footway too.[/p][/quote]Agreed. Effingham Road is a nightmare to navigate with all of the parked cars. There should be parking on one side only and red lines on the other. DB
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1:46pm Fri 9 May 14

grace86 says...

It's a no-brainer. Where residents want it should be 20mph. It's safer for kids. If there hit at 20mph they usually live. Any higher and they could die. Ask anybody who works in a hospital. There's fewer accidents as well. Its safer for bikes too. The only problem is you've got dinosaurs who don't want to change. I think Thames Ditton is a tory council so they're not likely to change there.
 
There's a tory councillor on here a few months ago who said that some people who wanted a 20mph zone in a Kingston residential street were only hopping on the accident bandwagon. I think that's a disgusting attitiude when lifes are at stake. Heres the story. His name was Geoff Austin.
 
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It's a no-brainer. Where residents want it should be 20mph. It's safer for kids. If there hit at 20mph they usually live. Any higher and they could die. Ask anybody who works in a hospital. There's fewer accidents as well. Its safer for bikes too. The only problem is you've got dinosaurs who don't want to change. I think Thames Ditton is a tory council so they're not likely to change there.   There's a tory councillor on here a few months ago who said that some people who wanted a 20mph zone in a Kingston residential street were only hopping on the accident bandwagon. I think that's a disgusting attitiude when lifes are at stake. Heres the story. His name was Geoff Austin.   http://www.yourlocal guardian.co.uk/news/ 11054582.Car_hurtles _through_wall_into_f ront_garden_near_Kin gston_greengrocers   grace86
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3:52pm Tue 13 May 14

Bigdai100 says...

The problem is that Surrey will only introduce a 20 mph limit were the traffic already travels at around 20 mph otherwise they have to spend money on reducing the speed with road infrastructure. Furthermore parked cars are part of SCC's traffic calming plan.
The good news is that a 20mph zone is coming to Long Ditton, at least around the schools, the bad news is that it will be phased in as there isn't the £100k+ in the budget to implement it all straight away
The problem is that Surrey will only introduce a 20 mph limit were the traffic already travels at around 20 mph otherwise they have to spend money on reducing the speed with road infrastructure. Furthermore parked cars are part of SCC's traffic calming plan. The good news is that a 20mph zone is coming to Long Ditton, at least around the schools, the bad news is that it will be phased in as there isn't the £100k+ in the budget to implement it all straight away Bigdai100
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11:39am Wed 14 May 14

captain_shamrock says...

Bigdai100 wrote:
The problem is that Surrey will only introduce a 20 mph limit were the traffic already travels at around 20 mph otherwise they have to spend money on reducing the speed with road infrastructure. Furthermore parked cars are part of SCC's traffic calming plan.
The good news is that a 20mph zone is coming to Long Ditton, at least around the schools, the bad news is that it will be phased in as there isn't the £100k+ in the budget to implement it all straight away
You say there isn't £100,000 to spend on live saving 20mph zones.

Exactly how many Elmbridge Conservative councillors voted to increase their Surrey allowance this week by 60, yes SIXTY percent. That's well higher than the rise that was recommended. I understand there were resignations over it.

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[quote][p][bold]Bigdai100[/bold] wrote: The problem is that Surrey will only introduce a 20 mph limit were the traffic already travels at around 20 mph otherwise they have to spend money on reducing the speed with road infrastructure. Furthermore parked cars are part of SCC's traffic calming plan. The good news is that a 20mph zone is coming to Long Ditton, at least around the schools, the bad news is that it will be phased in as there isn't the £100k+ in the budget to implement it all straight away[/p][/quote]You say there isn't £100,000 to spend on live saving 20mph zones. Exactly how many Elmbridge Conservative councillors voted to increase their Surrey allowance this week by 60, yes SIXTY percent. That's well higher than the rise that was recommended. I understand there were resignations over it. . captain_shamrock
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