Woman seriously injured after being struck by bus in front of horrified shoppers
Police, paramedics and a London Air Ambulance were sent to the busy shopping street after a woman, believed to be in her 50s, was knocked down near the Duke Street junction.
She was taken to hospital with serious head injuries but her condition was not thought to be life-threatening.
Pictures from the scene show blood splattered on the pavement as the road was taped off for nearly three hours before it reopened.
A route 189 bus was also pictured inside the cordon.
A police spokesman said: “Police were called by London Ambulance Service (to reports of a road traffic collision at Oxford Street and Duke Street.
“A woman believed to be in her 50s had been in collision with a bus. LAS and London’s Air Ambulance attended.
“The woman was taken to a central London hospital in a serious condition. Her injuries are not believed to be life threatening.”
A London Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “We were called at 12.08pm to reports of a road traffic collision at Oxford Street.
“We sent an ambulance crew, a paramedic on a bike and an incident response officer to the scene. We also dispatched London’s Air Ambulance.”
“We treated a woman at the scene for a head injury and took her as a priority to a major trauma centre in west London.”
Horrified shoppers described the scene as “chaos” as traffic was brought to a standstill amid a sea of emergency vehicles.
Tony Akers, TfL’s Manager of Bus Operations, said: “At 12.10pm today (7 October), a route 189 double deck bus, operated by Metroline, was involved in a collision with a pedestrian on Oxford Street, W1 at its junction with Duke Street. Emergency services attended the scene. There will be a full investigation into the incident.”