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Seventeen people injured as bridge rips roof off bus nears Rochdale Railway station

By Lauren Brown

Published 10/09/2015

Seventeen people were injured when a bus smashed into a bridge, ripping its roof off.

The double-decker carrying 25 people hit the structure near Rochdale Railway station shortly before 12.30pm yesterday, Greater Manchester Police said.

One man in his 20s suffered "more serious facial injuries" while the other 16 hurt had what police said were minor injuries. Eleven people were taken to hospital for treatment.

GMP Inspector Stephen Clarke said: "Clearly there are lots of people in shock, but luckily no one was trapped on the bus.

"Our investigation into the cause of the collision is ongoing and we would encourage anyone with any information to get in touch."

Teresa Broxton, managing director of bus operator First Manchester, said the female driver, who joined the company in June, was "in shock" but uninjured.

"Our primary focus remains the support of our injured customers and our driver," she said.

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