Incident in Buckingham closes town centre

Buckingham incident

9:25am 5th September 2017
(Updated 4:48pm 5th September 2017)

A car has driven into market stalls in Buckingham town centre, injuring two people.

Thames Valley Police say it is a road traffic accident and not terrorism related.

The driver of the car was a 70-year-old woman. She sustained minor injuries and was taken to Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

An 85-year-old woman was also hurt after being hit by the car - she's being treated in the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where she remains in a critical condition.

After hitting the market the car went on to hit a lorry.

Road closures were put in place in Market Hill, Moreton Road and the High Street to allow emergency service staff to safely carry out their investigation and to allow for repair of the significant damage which had been caused.

Sergeant Daniel Collett, of the Joint Operations Unit for Roads Policing based at Milton Keynes, said:

“The circumstances of how the driver came to lose control are being investigated but I would like to reassure the community they are not related to terrorism.

“I fully understand the concerns and confusion given the current climate and would like to thank the public, traders, business owners and the council for their patience and understanding whilst we carried out our investigation.”

We've been posting updates on this story today - see them below:

4:48pm

If you witnessed this incident, the police want to hear from you:

4:46pm

Police have confirmed that the pedestrian hit was an 85-year-old woman - she's being treated in the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, where she remains in a critical condition.

1:36pm

Moreton Road and Market Hill remain closed:

11:34am

Eyewitness interview from our reporter at the scene:

11:13am

Thames Valley Police say the High Street is re-opening but Moreton Road and Market Hill remain closed.

11:08am

Latest pictures from the scene:

Buckingham incident

10:44am

We're at the scene and have spoken to Sergeant Dan Collett from Thames Valley Police. 

Here's his full interview with our reporter Nick Codling:

10:33am

We've got a reporter at the scene here are the photos of how it looks now:

Buckingham incident

Buckingham incident

Buckingham incident

10:16am

Drivers are being asked to avoid the centre of Buckingham as the roads there are closed.

The accident happened on the corner of Market Hill and Moreton Road so lots of roads closed in the area.

10:05am

Thames Valley Police confirm a car was driven into Market stalls in Buckingham and that they believe it was an elderly woman at the wheel.

9:54am

Bucks Fire say they had to release a woman who was injured in the collision.

They've also clarified that the incident took place at the junction of Market Hill and Moreton Road.

A pedestrian has also been injured.

9:42am

Two women are injured in the incident according to Bucks Fire - the car driver and a pedestrian.

Here's the full update from Bucks Fire and Rescue:

Firefighters assisted South Central Ambulance Service with casualty care after a car struck a lorry, Market Square, Buckingham.

One appliance and crew from Buckingham, one from Winslow and two officers attended. Two women - the car driver and a pedestrian - were injured

9:40am

One twitter user says the Air ambulance is on the scene:

9:33am

There are people on twitter saying a car crashed through the market:

9:29am

People are saying that the scene does not look good:

9:28am

Thames Valley Police are urging people to avoid Buckingham Town Centre, saying the incident is on the High Street.

9:27am

An update from Bucks Fire says a car and lorry are involved in the accident and two people are injured.

9:26am

Fire crews were called around 9am to reports of a collision between two vehicles on Market Hill in Buckingham town centre.

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