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Lorry and bus collide at Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre in Gillingham

By Jenni Horn

A lorry collided with a bus at a shopping centre earlier this morning.

The incident happened outside Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre in Gillingham just after 7am.

Picture: Ashley Eldred
Picture: Ashley Eldred

The Nu Venture bus was pulling into the pick-up point opposite the petrol station and the lorry was leaving the station forecourt.

A witness said it appeared as though the seven-ton lorry had gone the wrong way around the roundabout and hit the side of the bus.

A spokesman for Kent Police said: "Kent Police was called at 7.07am to reports a lorry had collided with a bus outside a petrol station in Hempstead Valley Shopping Centre.

"The bus driver was taken to Medway Maritime Hospital to be treated for what are believed to be minor injuries."

A spokesman for the South East Coast Ambulance Service said the driver of the bus, a man in his sixties, was treated for neck pain and taken to Medway hospital.

It is thought there was one passenger on board the bus, but they were not injured.

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