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One of London’s red double decker buses had its roof torn off after hitting a tree branch in central London. Five people suffered minor injuries in the accident. Two passengers were taken to hospital with facial injuries. Two others were treated for minor injuries, reported The Guardian (2.2.15).
According to The Guardian, the bus was traveling down a road to Trafalgar Square when it “collided with a tree.” The collision caused the roof to come off, leaving the bus badly damaged. Pictures showed the bus roof severed from the vehicle and trailing from the back of it at an angle. Seats and poles on the upper-floor of the bus were left in place. Shattered glass was strewn across the road.
Luckily, no passengers or pedestrians were seriously injured or killed. A passenger on the bus said there were five to six people on the top deck and about 12 or 13 people on the bottom. As one bystander observed, the roof could have “decapitated” its passengers.
The cause of the accident was being investigated. The Daily Mail (2.2.15) reported that other buses had been going along the same road all day.
A photo showed that the collision appeared to take place next to a traffic sign warning drivers about the danger of “overhanging trees” on the inside lane. The lane was marked unsafe for vehicles over 2.5 meters, or eight feet, three inches, high.
Many accidents result in tragedy because a driver fails to see a road sign and crashes into an object, person or other vehicle. In other cases, a driver may choose to ignore a road sign and this decision results in an accident. In either case, if a driver passes a traffic sign and fails to obey it, then he or she can be held responsible for injuries and damages. Drivers who run a stop sign are one of the top causes of auto accidents.
Bus drivers have an even greater duty to provide safe and hazard free transportation than an ordinary driver. Victims of public transportation accidents, including bus accidents, are entitled to full financial restitutions for any injuries they have suffered.
The Guardian article cited is “London bus roof ripped off after hitting tree in Holborn.”
The Daily Mail article cited is “’I thought it was a BOMB': Passengers tell of terrifying moment double-decker’s roof was ripped off by a TREE in centre of London – leaving five passengers injured.”