A man and woman have been taken to hospital after a collision on the A24 that saw passengers flee a bus that was engulfed in flames.
Emergency services rushed to the scene when the Metrobus caught fire after colliding with a car on the southbound feeder road from the A24 Ashington.
The bus was completely burned out by the fire, and firefighters donned breathing apparatus to put it out.
Parts of the A24 were temporarily closed while emergency services were called to the incident around 3.40pm yesterday afternoon.
Another vehicle was discovered at the scene with severe damage to the front bumper and hood, with one of the car’s airbags deployed.
A police spokesman confirmed that the driver of the car and a female passenger were taken to hospital for treatment.
A spokesman for West Sussex Fire and Rescue said three fire engines from Worthing and Storrington were called to the incident, using hose reels, nozzles and a compressed air foam system to tackle the blaze.
The fire also spread to roadside lawns, but firefighters were able to contain it.
He said: “At 3.46pm we were called to a large vehicle fire in London Road, Ashington.
“Joint Fire Control dispatched three fire engines from Worthing and Storrington to the scene.
“Upon arrival, crews found a well-burning bus that had also spread to a nearby hedge.
“The fire brigade extinguished the fire with hose reels, nozzles and a compressed air foam system.”
The Argus assumes that around 20 people were evacuated from the bus. Seven people on the bus suffered minor injuries who were treated at the scene.
Metrobus and the South East Coast Ambulance Service have been asked for comment.
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