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RAIL BUS CRASH HALTS TRAINS; Driver shears off roof in railway bridge smash.

Byline: JOE THOMAS ECHO Reporter joe.thomas@trinitymirror.com joe_thomas18 @

A RAIL replacement bus service caused trains to be suspended after its roof was ripped off - when it crashed into a railway bridge.

Merseyrail trains were halted between Rock Ferry and Birkenhead Central just after 12pm yesterday following the crash.

While nobody was injured, dramatic photos showed the double decker's roof had been torn off in the incident.

Photos sent in by readers showed the full length of the bus's roof lying on St Peter's Road in Rock Ferry, with the roofless vehicle cordoned off by police officers.

Freelance photographer Tom Munns described the scene as "mayhem".

He told the ECHO: "I'm glad it wasn't a schoolbus because that was my main worry. I was quite happy when I saw there was just one ambulance and no walking wounded."

A spokeswoman for Merseyrail said the Stagecoach bus was on its way to serve passengers hit by the closure of Hamilton Square station.

She said: "The bus was empty at the time. It had a problem earlier in the day and it was coming from the garage to Hamilton Square."

A spokesman for Stagecoach said: "The area the vehicle was in at the time is not part of its usual route. Safety is our absolute priority and we will be carrying out an investigation into the incident."

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WRECKED: The rail replacement bus with its roof ripped off by a railway bridge on St | |Peter's Road in Rock Ferry TOM MUNNS

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Date:Dec 7, 2014
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