15/08/2012 08:47 BST | Updated 15/08/2012 10:47 BST

Two Trapped and Several Injured In Coach Crash

Several people have been injured after a coach crashed and fell 30ft down an embankment.

Nine people were on the coach when the accident happened at the junction of Brassknocker Hill and the A36 in Bath on Wednesday, the fire service said. Two were trapped and had to be rescued by firefighters.

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Emergency services rushed to the scene and police closed closed the road following the crash, which happened at 11.30am.

An Avon Fire and Rescue Service spokesman said: "Ten appliances have been responding to a road traffic collision on the B2108 at Brassknocker Hill near Bath.

"A coach has left the road close to Limpley Stoke Bridge and fallen around 30ft. It is understood there were nine people on board the coach, two of whom were trapped."

Avon and Somerset Police said early reports indicated that three people were trapped and two were seriously injured.

The fire service said the two people who were trapped were released from the single-deck coach by firefighters using hydraulic cutting equipment.

bath coach crash

Emergency services said all passengers had been accounted for

"There were nine passengers on board the coach, seven of whom were out of the vehicle when emergency services arrived," the spokesman said.

"Two people, including the driver, were trapped in the wreckage.

"Firefighters used special hydraulic equipment to release the two trapped people, who were then taken into the care of the ambulance service.

"It is understood that these two people suffered serious injuries. All nine passengers were taken to hospital.

"For reasons that are not yet known, the coach failed to stop at the bottom of Brassknocker Hill, travelled across the A46 and left the road, dropping around 30ft below, coming to rest near a canal", the spokesman added.

It is believed the black and red German coach came down the hill at the T-junction and plunged across the road.

The coach came to a standstill with its wheels still on the ground, taking with it foliage and tree branches, which now cover the roof of the vehicle.

A safety barrier on the A36 was broken in the crash and remains hanging over the private road below.

Coach seats and bits of wood from inside the vehicle have been pulled out and all of its windows have been smashed.

Updated 13:16 with additional information

Updated 14:40 with fire service comments