Lucky escape as bus hits scaffolding

Lucky escape as bus hits scaffolding

The bus and scaffolding in Exeter Street. DC5395P12

James Smith and Larry Spake from Alpha Builders at the scene of the accident. DC5395P13

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A BUILDER had a lucky escape when the scaffolding he was working on was hit by a double decker bus and dragged 12 feet along the road.

James Smith was on the top of the scaffolding on the corner of St Ann Street shortly after 2pm today when the Salisbury Reds bus struck it and dragged the scaffolding round into Exeter Street.

He said: “He just pulled it along and I was banging on the roof of the bus screaming at him to stop. I thought I was going to have to jump on the bus, if he'd pulled it much further the scaffolding would've fallen down.”

Mr Smith hit his head on a metal bracket on the building as the scaffolding was dragged round the corner.

He was checked over by paramedics but didn't suffer any serious injuries. “I went a bit light-headed and dizzy but I think it was the shock. I was trying to make sense of it and there were lots of people around me. The paramedic checked me over and said to keep an eye on it.”

Mr Smith and Larry Spake, from Alpha Builders, were on the first day of a week-long job to repoint the Grade II listed building, which contains two flats, because it had previously been hit by a lorry.

Mr Spake was on the ground when the bus hit the scaffolding. “I had just got off and managed to stop the bus from going any further. It's not been a good day for us.”

“First we forgot our ladder, we left our sand and cement at home and then this happened,” added Mr Smith.

Exeter Street was closed off while the incident was dealt with. The scaffolding company had to travel from Frome to dismantle the structure.

As well as damage to the building, a road sign and the scaffolding were bent and windows in the top deck of the bus were smashed.

Andrew Sherrington from Salisbury Reds said: “Our primary concern is for the welfare of the person who was injured - and we wish him a full and speedy recovery. No passengers aboard the bus were hurt.
“Safety is of paramount importance to us and we are conducting a full internal inquiry to determine the cause of this accident. We are also standing by to co-operate fully with any external investigation.”

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4:26pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

When that junction is changed into a full 4 way crossroads to allow the Exeter St Cathedral gate to be used for traffic again , I presume the bus drivers will have to pay a little bit more attention to whats gong on around them!
When that junction is changed into a full 4 way crossroads to allow the Exeter St Cathedral gate to be used for traffic again , I presume the bus drivers will have to pay a little bit more attention to whats gong on around them! Old Salisbury Boy
  • Score: 14

6:12pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Lady Tinky Winky says...

Yes ,several of the bus drivers like to mount the pavement on that corner , plus many other corners.
One elderly gentleman nearly got run over by a reversing bus in New Canal, he was saved by a passer -by hammering on the bus window, do they ever look in their mirrors!
Yes ,several of the bus drivers like to mount the pavement on that corner , plus many other corners. One elderly gentleman nearly got run over by a reversing bus in New Canal, he was saved by a passer -by hammering on the bus window, do they ever look in their mirrors! Lady Tinky Winky
  • Score: 13

11:27am Fri 25 Jul 14

moonraker82 says...

Well said, My friend and I witnessed the whole thing as we were travelling in the car immediately behind the Bus, and the scaffolding was clearly visible for all to see, so no excuse!
Well said, My friend and I witnessed the whole thing as we were travelling in the car immediately behind the Bus, and the scaffolding was clearly visible for all to see, so no excuse! moonraker82
  • Score: 7

11:32am Fri 25 Jul 14

moonraker82 says...

Apologies I totally agree with both comments above, hit the wrong button!
Apologies I totally agree with both comments above, hit the wrong button! moonraker82
  • Score: 3

8:36pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Old Salisbury Boy says...

and of course when the Coach Park replaces Brown St Car Park ALL the coaches will have to come around this corner as well!
and of course when the Coach Park replaces Brown St Car Park ALL the coaches will have to come around this corner as well! Old Salisbury Boy
  • Score: 7

6:10am Mon 28 Jul 14

karlmarx says...

Further evidence that Salisbury City was built for horse and carts not 12 to 15 metre long buses and coaches?

Council solution?

Let's encourage even more 12 to 15 metre coaches into the city centre. Complete insanity!
Further evidence that Salisbury City was built for horse and carts not 12 to 15 metre long buses and coaches? Council solution? Let's encourage even more 12 to 15 metre coaches into the city centre. Complete insanity! karlmarx
  • Score: 14

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