A BUS drove into a tree this afternoon (December 15), in what is believed to be an attempt to avoid an oncoming car.
People at the scene said no one appeared badly hurt after the accident around 4pm on the B2146, between East Ashling and Funtington.
However, police have said there was a woman at the scene with a ‘serious injury’ but were unable to provide any further detail.
Observer freelance photographer Makaela Papworth was passing the scene immediately after the accident and helped to direct traffic.
Afterwards, she took pictures showing the extent of the damage to the bus and car involved in the crash.
She confirmed everyone seemed to be okay, adding there were around seven people on board the Emsworth & District bus service.
“The lady in the passenger seat of the car, she seemed okay but she was pretty much in shock,” she added.
She had not witnessed the accident so could not confirm exactly what had happened.
“What I heard was that somebody was overtaking and I think the bus swerved,” she said.
“I know it was an overtaking accident but I don’t know whose fault it was.”
The front windscreen of the bus has been impaled and smashed by a tree branch, which fortunately does not appear to have struck anyone on board.
The bus swerved through the bushes and trees and emerged the other side.
“That bus has gone right through the island,” said Makaela.
A spokesman from Sussex Police said: “Just before 3.50pm on Monday a car and a bus collided in Common Road, Funtington.”
He said he could not give any further information as officers were still dealing with the incident.