Saturday, 20. December 2014
20. 08. 14. - 16:00
A Russian bus driver accidentally took a direct route to the bus stop after the brakes apparently failed as he drove out of the service centre.
Bus driver Nikolay Yaravtsouk, 39, had been asked to collect the bus from the repair centre in the city of Vladivostok, the capital of south-eastern Russia's Primorsky Krai region.
But he said that as soon as he climbed inside and switched on the engine, the bus had shot of out of control.
And this dashboard camera footage shot from street below shows the bus smashed over a crash barrier falling some 50 foot onto the bus station below and destroying a bus shelter.
Nikolay told local media from his hospital bed: "It was fortunate that I hadn't picked up any passengers, but I was still on board and I felt sorry for the poor people who were in the bus shelter."
Fortunately the shelter absorbed most of the impact and although badly injured the two people taken to hospital are expected to make a full recovery.
Police are working together with safety inspectors from the local bus company to investigate what went wrong with the bus but provisionally they are assuming it was a mechanical failure as the bus driver was an experienced operator who had worked for the company for several years.
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