12 injured as Rotterdam bus smashes into insurance office

police carTwelve people were injured on Tuesday when a Rotterdam bus smashed into an office building after the driver was taken ill.

Eyewitnesses said the bus drove across the verge and a cycle path before crossing some grass and hitting the wall of an insurance office. The accident happened near the Zuidplein shopping centre.

One passenger told local broadcaster RTV Rijmond: ‘I could not see the driver but someone said she had been taken ill. Then I saw the building coming at us and I thought “this is going wrong”.’

Nine of the injured, including the driver, were taken to hospital and three people were treated at the scene.

The insurance office has been evacuated while officials make sure it is safe. The wall sustained some damage, news agency ANP says.

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