Driver beaches bus on roundabout after attempting shortcut

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Grounded bus
YouTube/Ric Jones

A bus driver in greater Manchester has been left red-faced after he managed to beach his vehicle on a mini roundabout.

Bemused motorists in Oldham were greeted by the sight of the single-decker First UK bus on Wednesday morning, which had its bodywork resting on the ground, with its wheels spinning helplessly on either side of the raised roundabout.

It is thought the driver had been attempting to take a shortcut to avoid road works when he got stuck at the four-way junction on Wildmoor Avenue. The bus was seen to have a large dent in one side, thought to have been caused by the driver colliding with a bollard.

The stricken vehicle was eventually winched free, three hours after it initially got stuck. No one was on board at the time of the accident, and the driver managed to escape without any injuries.

Local resident, Ric Jones, witnessed the incident and told the Manchester Evening News: "I was chatting to the driver and I think he saw the funny side of what had happened.

"But I know if I had done that when I was driving I would have been hauled up in front of the boss.

"I think the driver had probably been thinking he had enough clearance to get over the roundabout but maybe caught the air lines so it lowered the whole suspension.

"Normally the roundabout is a turning circle for the buses but there are road works which have restricted the way through so maybe that's why he's decided to try and go over."

A spokesman for First UK said: "Emergency road-works on the terminus at Holts Estate meant we had to operate an alternative route at very short notice.

"Unfortunately we were unable to get the new route information to this particular driver who subsequently experienced difficulties in trying to get the bus back into service.

"Our depot team called for recovery services as quickly as possible who were able to assist. There were no reported injuries. I'd like to apologise for any inconvenience this incident caused."