Salford residents have spoken of their shock and upset after a van collided with a bus stop — leaving it in ruins.
The incident, which is believed to have taken place at around 10:20am this morning (Sunday, August 1), triggered a large emergency service presence in Irlam.
It led to a stretch of Liverpool Road being closed, from the Cadishead Way roundabout to Fairhills Road.
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In the aftermath, nearby residents have spoken of their ‘shock’ at seeing and hearing the smash — which was described as a ‘loud crunch’ by one neighbour.
Another, Margerie Hackney, described the scene in the moments after emergency services arrived.
"There was glass all over,” Mrs Hackney, 80, said.
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“Luckily there was nobody at the bus stop, there was an elderley gentleman with a bike near there, though.”
Mrs Hackney, who has lived in her home for more than 30 years, says the area is usually safe, with traffic accidents not a major feature of living nearby.
"It's not really that bad round here,” she added.
"I was quite shocked. I heard a noise. It's upsetting, really."
Another resident, Gerard Williams, agreed with his neighbours’ characterisation of the area.
"I heard it, [but] it's not a bad accident spot, I've only seen a couple in over 30 years living here,” he told the Manchester Evening News .
"Regularly we have police speed checks, which is good."
Sheila Talbot, 83, has lived in her home since it was first built — 55 years ago.
She said she was stunned by the scene after the smash: "My grandson phoned me up and said there had been an accident.
"I went upstairs and thought 'oh my God, how have they done that?'
"This road now has a lot more traffic but it is not as bad [for collisions] as it was before they put Cadishead Way in."
Both the 67 and 100 bus services had to be diverted because of the incident, which was cleared at around 12pm on Sunday.
Greater Manchester Police and North West Ambulance Service have been contacted for comment.
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