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Conductor injured in Bradford bus incident
6:00am Friday 6th September 2013 in Bradford
A bus conductor was in hospital last night after he suffered a serious head injury when a near-collision caused him to be thrown into a metal step inside the vehicle.
Police believe another vehicle cut up the bendy-bus outside Bradford Interchange yesterday, forcing its driver to slam on his brakes.
The conductor, who was taking fares at the back of the vehicle, was thrown to the floor with the blow reported to have knocked him unconscious.
Last night he was described as being in a stable condition at Bradford Royal Infirmary.
Passenger John Wilkinson was on board the bus, the 72 Hyperlink service to Leeds, when the accident happened shortly before midday.
He said: “He was taking fares at the rear of the bus and was thrown headfirst into one of the metal steps.
“We rushed to help him but he seemed unconscious and blood was pouring from a head wound.
“I rushed to the driver and said to get 999 as soon as possible.”
Mr Wilkinson said he managed to stop two passing police officers, who took over.
Officers said the ‘bendy’ bus had been travelling down Bridge Street, towards Centenary Square, when a vehicle pulled out of the Bradford Interchange car park in front of it.
Police are now looking to trace the vehicle and its driver, who did not stop at the scene, and have appealed for witnesses to come forward.
Speaking at the scene, Sergeant Rick Lyon said the car was believed to be a dark-coloured Land Rover Discovery, which turned right on to Bridge Street, and was driven towards Wakefield Road. He said the driver might not have realised anything had happened.
Yesterday, the conductor was said to be awaiting a scan which would reveal the extent of his head injuries.
A spokesman for the bus company First said: “Our thoughts are with our staff member and his family.”
Police have appealed for anyone with information to call the Western Area Roads Policing Unit on 101.