Mum ‘traumatized’ after toddler was thrown over bus as it crashed into side of gym

Shanice Birtles, from Westhoughton near Bolton, said her two-year-old son was “suffering from nightmares” after he was covered in bruises after a bus crashed into a gym

A mother is'traumatized' after her children were involved in a bus accident
A mother is ‘traumatized’ after her children were involved in a bus accident

A mother is ‘traumatized’ after her babies were ‘thrown to the ground’ when a bus crashed into a gym.

Shanice Birtles, from Westhoughton, near Bolton, said her son was still having nightmares after the impact at 6.40pm on Friday (June 10).

The 26-year-old’s two children, Alfie and Ava, were traveling home on the bus with their aunt and grandmother when the accident happened.

Alfie, two, was covered in bruises after the ordeal in Westhoughton Manchester evening news reports.

One person was taken to hospital after the accident.

Footage on social media showed the bus zooming past a traffic line before colliding with a car at an intersection and then driving into the building.

Shanice Birtles said her family was ‘shattered’


Shanice Birtles)

Alfie, two, is having ‘nightmares’ after the ordeal.


Shanice Birtles)

Shanice said she was among those who received a frightening call telling her her two children, Alfie and four-month-old Ava, were on the bus at the time of the crash.

She said: “We are all devastated, my two year old Alfie has constant nightmares, he has bruises all over.

“I got this horrible phone call and was just told, ‘The bus with my kids on it crashed and now I have to get down there.’

“I didn’t know what happened, so I immediately got into a taxi.

“I got out of the cab and ran for my life, a stranger grabbed my daughter and Alfie was with his aunt and grandma.

“He had fallen straight onto the bus and was on the ground before anyone picked him up.”

Alfie had bruises all over his legs after the fall


Shanice Birtles)

Her son had to be checked by paramedics, but other people had more serious injuries, the mother added.

She said: “I’m taking him to the doctor on Monday to tell them what happened and to make sure he’s okay.”

The family say they were “traumatized” by the experience, with Shanice adding, “We’re all traumatized. Myself for getting this call.

“The children are traumatized by the event itself. Her grandma didn’t stop crying all day because of it.

Little Ava was also on the bus when it crashed into the gym


Shanice Birtles)

“I can’t take my eyes off my kids again. I feel like the luckiest mom in the world to still have my babies with me, someone definitely looked down on them.”

Stagecoach has been contacted for comment.

On the night itself, a spokesman for Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Services said: “At 18:40 today (10 June) firefighters were called to reports of a road 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.

One person was taken to hospital after the accident


Phil Taylor / SWNS)

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“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. Firefighters are currently still on duty.”

A statement from Greater Manchester Police also said: “Officers were present alongside emergency services and are currently dealing with a bus that has collided with a nearby building.

“The road closures on Church Street at the intersection with Market Street remain in place.”

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