PASSENGERS were lucky to escape injury when two buses smashed into each other in Blackpool town centre.
The driver of the single decker Cumfy Bus was rushed to hospital following the incident on Talbot Road, near the junction with Abingdon Street.
He is believed to have been taken ill at the wheel of his vehicle which collided with a double decker, owned by Blackpool Transport, at 8.20am yesterday.
There were no passengers on board the Cumfy Bus while none of the six passengers on board the other vehicle were injured.
Marshall Vickers, managing director of Southport-based Cumfy Bus, said: “We are investigating what happened but are relieved no-one was seriously hurt.
“Our bus was in service but it had already dropped off all its passengers.”
Bryan Lindop, customer services co-ordinator at Blackpool Transport, said their driver did not need hospital treatment.
He added: “Our number 14 bus was travelling eastbound on Talbot Road when the accident occurred.
“Our driver stopped his bus using the handbrake because he realised a collision was going to happen.
“Thankfully none of our passengers were injured.”
The 67-year-old driver of the Cumfy Bus was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital.