National Express coach struck by rental car causing vehicle fire

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A National Express coach was struck by a car in the early hours of 22 December 2019 whilst operating the 0245hrs A3 service from Gatwick Airport (South) to London Victoria. As Caetano Levante BG65TGJ, operated by West Midlands Travel, was travelling towards Victoria Coach Station along Queenstown Road in Battersea, a Volkswagen Polo owned by car rental firm Zipcar entered its path and impacted the front of the coach at 0428hrs.

A 26-year-old woman who was the rear-seat passenger in the car was sadly pronounced dead at the scene, whilst the driver of the car was taken to a London hospital in a critical condition.
Both vehicles were destroyed by fire shortly after the passengers in the coach and car were removed.

A spokesperson for National Express said “One passenger was taken to hospital and all other passengers were safely transferred to a replacement vehicle for onward travel. Emergency services attended the scene and we will continue to provide every assistance with the ongoing investigation. Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the occupant of the car, who sadly passed away.”