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Fire after bus and car crash on guided busway between Longstanton and Willingham


By Gemma Gardner


A car and a bus were destroyed by fire following a collision on the guided busway, which has been closed following the incident.

Both the bus and car were destroyed by the fire Picture: Keith Heppell (10719909)
Both the bus and car were destroyed by the fire Picture: Keith Heppell (10719909)

Emergency services were called to the crossroads on Station Road between Longstanton and Willingham at 9.29am today (Monday, May 20).

A police spokeswoman said: “Officers are currently on scene, together with paramedics and firefighters.

“Details of any injuries are unclear at this stage but motorists are advised to avoid the area.

“The guided busway is likely to be closed for some time.”

The road reopened shortly before 4pm this afternoon.

Plumes of smoke from the fire that destroyed a car and a bus on the guided busway. Pictures: Kyle Smithers (10725362)
Plumes of smoke from the fire that destroyed a car and a bus on the guided busway. Pictures: Kyle Smithers (10725362)

The East of England Ambulance Service Trust (EEAST) sent the hazardous area response team, three ambulance officers, two ambulances and East Anglian Air Ambulance to the scene.

“All our crews have now left the scene and one person was taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital by land ambulance,” said an EEAST spokeswoman around 12.30pm.

A spokesman from Cambs Fire & Rescue said: “Crews were called at 9.29am to a fire on the B1050 at the crossroads of Longstanton and Willingham.

“Three crews from Cambridge, one crew from Cottenham and one crew from St Ives are currently at the scene of a well-developed fire involving a bus and a car.

Plumes of smoke from the car and bus destroyed by fire after the guided busway collision. Picture: Kyle Smithers (10725684)
Plumes of smoke from the car and bus destroyed by fire after the guided busway collision. Picture: Kyle Smithers (10725684)

“Buses using the guided busway have been diverted and will be using other routes, so please expect delays.”

A statement from bus operator Stagecoach East said: “A car was involved in a collision with one of our vehicles on the guided busway this morning. Passengers were evacuated immediately and we understand that nobody has been seriously injured. Our first thoughts are for the welfare of those involved.

“The busway is currently closed in both directions between Cambridge and Longstanton as a result of the incident and services are being diverted.”

Both the bus and car were destroyed by the fire Picture: Keith Heppell (10719900)
Both the bus and car were destroyed by the fire Picture: Keith Heppell (10719900)
Guided Busway fire, Longstanton. Picture: Kyle Smithers. (10726087)
Guided Busway fire, Longstanton. Picture: Kyle Smithers. (10726087)


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