A man in Reading, England, in the county of Bershire, Simon Smith, 53, walking on a sidewalk adjacent to Gun Street, was hit from behind by an out-of-control double-decker bus on Saturday morning. CCTV video showed him then getting up and going into the Purple Turtle pub for a few drinks, apparently none the worse for wear. The footage from the CCTV cameras show Smith glancing back, just as the Reading bus careens up onto the sidewalk and slams into him, knocking him down and coming within inches of hitting a light pole.
ABC Online reported that the Reading double-decker bus in England, wound up more damaged than Smith, who just sustained a few bruises, according to the bar’s manager, Stuart McNaught. The bus’ windshield was shattered by the impact with Smith. The CCTV footage shows that he was struck by flying debris, but that appeared to be just a minor inconvenience to him.
According to FOX News, the bus came “speeding around a curve” before it then crossed the road, drove up onto the sidewalk where Smith was walking, and struck Smith, throwing him a ways before he fell down onto the sidewalk. The bus swerved to avoid running him over.
Smith, seemingly unfazed by his close brush with death, is seen in the CCTV footage standing up and walking directly into the Purple Turtle pub. Though Smith appeared to be unhurt, other than the bruises he suffered, he was later transported to a local hospital by an ambulance called by the paramedics who responded to the scene.
McNaught stated everyone at the Purple Turtle has “known Simon for about 20 years.” McNaught said he thought what happened to Smith was “absolutely crazy.” He said in an interview with BBC South, later on Saturday, that Smith was “lucky” he was still alive.
Smith stated he had not intended to go into the Purple Turtle for a drink after he was hit by the Reading double-decker bus. He just wanted to go somewhere to take shelter and collect himself after the traumatic incident. The owner of the Purple Turtle said when he was released from the hospital, though, Smith “went for a pint to relax.”
The Thames Valley police reported they closed Gun Street for approximately two hours to collect evidence. The police have not yet made any arrests in the ongoing investigation.
Reading Buses, the company that owns the bus involved in the accident in Berkshire, England, is conducting its own investigation. A spokesman for the company expressed “shock” over what happened and the graphic CCTV footage. Pending the results of their investigation, the driver involved in the accident has been suspended from driving for Reading Buses.
The spokesman said Reading Buses hope that the pedestrian who was hit in the accident “is recovering from his injuries.” The passengers on the bus did not suffer any major injuries, he said, adding that Reading Buses is sharing on-board CCTV footage with the police.
The Daily Caller reported that a spokesman for the ambulance company that transported Smith to the hospital said that Smith was “taken to the hospital with minor injuries.” He added that Smith was “discharged later that day, I believe.” Smith’s wife, like McNaught, called her husband “lucky to be alive.”
The Purple Turtle’s management tweeted the pub was not struck or otherwise damaged by the bus that hit Smith. It is open for business, as usual, and the management wished Smith a speedy recovery.
On Saturday morning, in Reading, England, a double-decker bus drove up onto a sidewalk and struck a pedestrian, Simon Smith, before eventually coming to a stop, with a shattered windshield. CCTV footage from a nearby pub, the Purple Turtle, showed Smith get up, as if such things happened to him every day, and he walked into the pub, having sustained only bruises and scrapes. The police are conducting an investigation into the accident, as is the Reading Bus company.
By John Samuels
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