Passengers hit by flying glass as bus strikes tree branches in Sunny Grove, Chaddesden
OFFICIALS have denied making cutbacks in maintenance after a bus hit an overhanging roadside tree branch, smashing a window and injuring three people.
One person had to be taken to hospital for treatment while another two, including a young boy whom eyewitnesses said was crying and wearing an eye patch, had to be treated at the scene.
The vehicle struck the branch in Sunny Grove, Chaddesden, at its junction with Lyndhurst Grove and outside Cherry Tree Hill Primary School, at 11.25am yesterday.
Witnesses living nearby said they heard a bang as the bus struck the overhanging branches.
Valerie Allcock of Parkside Road, said: “I was upstairs tidying when I heard a bang.
“I looked out and the next thing I saw was a police car and a paramedic car.
“An ambulance then came and I saw a boy go inside and then come out. He was crying.”
A resident in Lyndhurst Grove said she saw the boy being taken from the ambulance.
She added: “He didn’t look very old. He was wearing an eye patch.”
Glenn Brammer, of Lyndhurst Grove, was at home when the accident happened.
He said: “There was a bang and I went outside to see the bus in Sunny Grove. There were a few people on both decks of the double-decker bus.
“I saw paramedics go to the top deck and start bringing a couple of people down.”
Stuart Frost, of Notts and Derby Buses, confirmed that the accident involved the free bus that takes shoppers to and from Asda in Spondon.
He said: “The vehicle was taken away to be examined by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency, which is the standard practice after an incident like this.
“I have not yet had a chance to speak to the driver about exactly what happened but I will be alerting the council to the overhanging branches in Sunny Grove.
“It is their job to check them and to ensure that they are clear from the road.”
Paul Robinson, strategic director for neighbourhoods at Derby City Council, said:
“We can confirm that we work closely with bus operators in the city and share information on any roads with overhanging trees that require attention.
“We have had no requests from any bus operators for tree pruning on this particular road.
“Our understanding is that it is not a road used by the major operators for any regular bus services.
“The street trees on this particular road were last pruned towards the end of 2011.
“We will obviously be working with the bus operator in question in order to establish the cause of the accident.
“We have had no reductions to our highway tree maintenance budget in 2012-13 and do not anticipate any reduction in 2013-14.”
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