Bus hits low bridge in York – ripping off its roof

The bus after the accident. Photographs: Richard McDougall

The roof of a bus has been ripped off after it collided with a low bridge in York.

The accident happened on this afternoon (Thursday, 6 February) on Leeman Road.

Thankfully there are no reports of any casualties at this stage.


The bus hit a railway bridge going over Leeman Road, close to its junction with Kingsland Terrace. It was a no 29 Reliance Bus service which runs from York to Linton on Ouse.

The roof of the bus was torn right off and left in the road, amid the broken glass from the shattered windows.

However the rail bridge appears undamaged – an LNER train went across it as our photographer Richard McDougall was at the scene.

The roof was torn clean off
The roof in the road
Broken glass and shattered windows on the floor

Police tweeted:

  • Officers are currently dealing with an incident at the railway bridge on Leeman Road where there has been an RTC between a bus and the bridge.

    Thankfully no one has been hurt, but please avoid the area while we deal with the incident.

An LNER train goes over the affected bridge
The bridge with its clear markings
A front view of the Reliance bus

Bus company investigating

Debris after the crash
A spokesperson for Reliance buses said: “We are aware of an incident involving one of our vehicles at Salisbury Terrace Rail Bridge.

“Our specialist staff are responding to the incident and we are working hard to establish the circumstances surrounding it.

“Until those investigations are concluded with we do not wish to make any further comment.”

A spokeswoman for Network Rail said: “There was a small amount of disruption to train service, however these have now resumed as normal.”

Police cordon off the road

The scene at the accident. Photograph: Miranda Schmeiderer on Twitter
Photograph: NYP York South on Twitter