‘Hero’ nurse praised for rushing to the aid of victims after seeing a bus crash into a building

Alison Goodwin was out in Westhoughton, Bolton when she witnessed the crash and then rushed to the rescue

Alison Goodwin was praised

A nurse who rushed to the aid of injured passengers after a bus crashed into a building was hailed as a hero.

Alison Goodwin was outside in Westhoughton, Bolton, when she saw a bus speed into a gym.

The bus driver is said to have suffered a medical attack on June 10 at around 6.40 p.m. while driving.

The nurse ran to help those who were aboard the bus and spent time stepping up first and tending to cuts while making sure no one was trapped.

The mother of the tree was among dozens who rushed to help, and she was now being hailed as a heroine, reports the Manchester evening news.

The scene of the accident in Westthoughton


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A post praising the 37-year-old’s courage has garnered 1.4k likes and more than 250 comments so far.

Alison said: “My friend and I walked down. I can’t remember much, it just happened.

“A lot of people were running around screaming, it was panic wards.

“There was a lot of debris on the ground and the driver’s cab was in the gym. There was one woman who sustained a serious head injury when she hit the bars on the head.

“I went upstairs to make sure no one was unconscious or hiding under the seats.

“It was actually weird because when you’re in that situation, you just do things. When I turned around there was a building on the bus and I realized it wasn’t safe.

“I had a big trauma training; I was on shift when the Manchester Arena bombing happened.

“You never want to be, but when you find yourself in a situation like this, you just do what you have to do.”

CCTV footage shared on social media shows the bus veering past a traffic line into the wrong lane before colliding with a car at an intersection and then the building.

CCTV footage shows the bus going past a traffic line and onto the wrong lane before colliding with a car at an intersection and then the building


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After the impact Engineers worked to remove the damaged biplane and make the building safe.

Video of the maneuver showed great care as the vehicle was slowly removed from the building, which houses a gym. The owner said it was a “small miracle” that no one was killed.

Alison continued, “There was a lot of blood; there was a lot of chaos.

“It could have been so much worse than it was. It would have been a disaster for the city.”

Stagecoach said they support their driver and “support efforts to establish the full circumstances.”

A Stagecoach Manchester spokesman said: “We can confirm that a Service 7 bus operator was involved in an incident on 10 June at 6.38pm on Market Street, Westhoughton.

“Our first thoughts are with those affected by the incident and we also support our driver.

“Safety is our absolute priority and we support efforts to fully establish the circumstances surrounding it.”

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) have been contacted for an update on the incident.

On Friday, they simply said a bus “collisioned with a nearby building” and urged witnesses to come forward.

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service said: “At 18:40 today (10 June) firefighters were called to reports of a road traffic accident involving a bus, car and building.

“Two fire engines from Atherton and Hindley stations and the Leigh Technical Response Unit were quick to attend.

“Crews worked with colleagues from the North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) and Greater Manchester Police to assess the area and make the scene safe.

“One injured person was taken to hospital by NWAS.”

Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call GMP on 101 quoting incident number 2758 dated 06/10/2022 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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