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Moment lorry crashes into bus shelter in Hove captured on video
This is the terrifying moment a bus shelter crashed to the ground after being hit by a delivery lorry.
CCTV footage shows how a driver inadvertently hit the structure as the vehicle pulled away from a loading bay.
A video sent to The Argus shows how shattered Perspex and crumpled metal were left strewn across the pavement just seconds after a pedestrian strolled past.
Following the incident in Boundary Road, Hove - the second in less than a year - locals are calling on the shelter to be moved to prevent “possible tragic consequences”.
A business owner, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “When they replaced the bus stop shelter they installed one with Perspex windows, probably as an added safety precaution.
“However, when the same thing occurred shards of Perspex exploded onto the pavement.
“Similar to last year a pedestrian had a lucky escape and avoided being covered by just a matter of seconds.
“There is a simple solution which would lessen the risk of this type of accident happening a third time and which would avert the possibility of future tragic consequences.
“That is to move the bus stop shelter away from the perimeter of the double yellow lines adjacent to the bus stop which lorries are permitted to temporarily park on to load and unload.”
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The business owner said he felt the bus stop - at 34 metres - was too long.
He added he had written to Brighton and Hove City Council to suggest it was shortened and replaced with loading bays.
He claimed this would improve safety and ease congestion in the area.
But a council spokeswoman said shelter provider Clear Channel, Brighton and Hove Bus Company and its own officials agreed it was positioned in the right place.
She added: “There is a short section of double yellow lines in front of the bus clearway that can be used by vehicles small enough to fit within the confines of the restriction, for example a Transit or similar sized van.
“Anything bigger should not be using this space as they would be encroaching onto the clearway section of the bus stop and therefore committing an offence.
“It is unfortunate that the shelter has been hit twice within a year but it has to be borne in mind that it had stood there untouched for a period of at least 14 years prior to this.”
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