Double decker strikes rail bridge

April 1, 2011 | by | 0 Comments

A bungling double decker bus driver attempted to manoeuvre a low concrete rail bridge – and almost tore the roof after becoming WEDGED.

Double decker strikes rail bridge

The driver struck the rail bridge at around 7am this morning before desperately attempting to continue through the narrow gap next to Falmouth train station, Cornwall.

The roof was almost torn from the bus, which was not carrying any passengers at the time of the incident.

Accident and emergency crews attended the scene to remove the vehicle, before engineers assessed the bridge for structural damage.

Passerby Justine Gunn, 40, of Falmouth, snapped the aftermath as the ”sheepish” driver got out of the cabin to survey the damage.

Double decker strikes rail bridge

Mum-of-two Justine said: ”I was walking by and just thought ”oops”.

”The driver was stood outside looking particularly sheepish about the whole affair, which is fairly understandable as the bridge’s height is clearly marked.

”The only thing I can think of is that ordinarily it’s a single decker coach which comes down the route so maybe the driver completely forgot what he was in.

”Thankfully no-one was on the bus as it was a real mess – there’s no way anyone could have survived it.

”I’ve never seen a double decker down here in the 17 years I’ve lived here. And that’s probably why.”

The road was closed for around an hour and the rail track was also shut as engineers surveyed the bridge to check for structural damage.

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