Bus goes to­p­less

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ADOUBLE-DECKER bus had its roof and most of the top floor smashed off af­ter it drove into an over­head foot­bridge in Runcorn.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened shortly be­fore 1pm on Tues­day.

No-one was in­jured as only the driver and one down­stairs pas­sen­ger were on board.

A Cheshire po­lice spokes­woman said Halton Bor­ough Coun­cil en­gi­neers checked over the bridge and deemed it safe.

An­other bus driver was first on the scene and claimed the driver had been sent on an un­fa­mil­iar route with only a map and a print out of direc­tions to guide him.

He said: “It hap­pened when he turned left in­stead of right at Runcorn busway and ripped the roof off.

“It’s pure luck there was no­body sit­ting in the up­per deck when it hap­pened.”

A Stage­coach spokes­woman said: “We can con­firm that a Stage­coach bus was in­volved in an in­ci­dent shortly be­fore 1pm this af­ter­noon on Palace­fields busway, Runcorn, at the foot­bridge. There was one pas­sen­ger and a driver on the lower ● level of the bus at the time. Noone was in­jured. Safety is our ab­so­lute pri­or­ity and we are as­sist­ing po­lice with their in­quiries as well as car­ry­ing out our own in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the in­ci­dent.”

She added: “This was an ex­pe­ri­enced, fully qual­i­fied driver with sev­eral years’ ser­vice with Stage­coach. All com­pany and Traf­fic Com­mis­sioner pro­cesses were com­plied with and the driver was fully trained on the route. In ad­di­tion, it is stan­dard prac­tice for drivers to have notes and maps taken from their train­ing pe­riod.”

Pic: Philip Win­ter­son

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