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Bus crashes in Monks Gate after driver collapses

A bus driver collapsed at the wheel before his vehicle crashed into bushes.

Between 12 and 20 passengers were on board the single-deck number 17 Stagecoach bus when it left the A281 at Monks Gate shortly before 7pm yesterday.

A spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance Service said the 52-year-old driver was taken to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton, after a “suspected collapse”. A Stagecoach spokesman said the Shoreham resident, who works from the bus company’s Henfield depot, was “seriously ill” and added: “Our thoughts right now are with his family.”

One passenger was treated for neck and shoulder pain and taken to Worthing Hospital.

The front windscreen of the bus was badly cracked but not smashed in. No other vehicles were involved in the crash, which led police to close the A281 in both directions near the junction with Nuthurst Road.

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