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Bus driver killed in crash ‘spoke to daughter before’

Kenneth Matcham, 60, died after a car and two single-decker buses collided in Orpington, south-east London, on Thursday night.

A dmaged bus is removed from the scene of a crash in Sevenoaks Road (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
A dmaged bus is removed from the scene of a crash in Sevenoaks Road (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

By PA Reporters

A bus driver killed in a crash had spoken to his daughter shortly before, according to reports.

Kenneth Matcham, 60, died after a car and two single-decker buses collided in Orpington, south-east London, on Thursday night.

His daughter, Shelley Gardner, told MailOnline they had chatted while he was on a break that evening.

She said: “He called me to ask me if I’d taken the kids out trick or treating.

“I told him that I had and he said ‘where’s my pictures then?’

Fifteen other people were injured in the collision, and the 24-year-old driver of the car was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving and drug-driving.

On Friday, one witness told the PA news agency that the scene on Sevenoaks Road was “carnage like nothing I’ve seen before”.

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Police at the scene in Sevenoaks Road, Orpington (PA)

“The house shook – it was like a bomb had gone off,” he said.

“I ran out and down the road to help straight away – I was one of the first people there.”

The man said an R11 bus had crashed into the wall of a house, and another, the 358, ended up on the pavement.

He added: “I jumped onto the bus, and lifted someone up who had broken their arm and leg.

“Four to five people had been thrown from the bus and were lying on the road, and the buses were destroyed… it was carnage like nothing I’ve ever seen before.

“There were all sorts of injuries, from cuts and grazes to people who couldn’t move because of broken bones.”

A 16-year-old boy, who could not move because of a back injury, was among those thrown from the bus, he said.

The man said he stayed with the teenager until emergency services came and helped call his parents.

A woman with a bouquet tearfully approached the police cordon on Sevenoaks Road on Friday morning and asked officers to place them near the crash.

Ten ambulance crews from London Ambulance Service and officers from London Fire Brigade helped rescue and treat the casualties.

A crane removed the two buses from the road on Friday morning.

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