Moment lorry crashes into bus shelter in Hove captured on video

The Argus: Moment lorry crashes into bus shelter in Hove captured on video 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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6:34am Sat 14 Dec 13

Eugenius says...

Unchain the Brighton motorist! The council should get rid of all bus shelters, especially the ones on the pavements, they take up valuable parking space.
Unchain the Brighton motorist! The council should get rid of all bus shelters, especially the ones on the pavements, they take up valuable parking space. Eugenius

7:07am Sat 14 Dec 13

All 9 of me says...

please tell us what is terrifying here ?
please tell us what is terrifying here ? All 9 of me

8:16am Sat 14 Dec 13

I'm H Jarrs and I can't stand cars! says...

Eugenius wrote:
Unchain the Brighton motorist! The council should get rid of all bus shelters, especially the ones on the pavements, they take up valuable parking space.
Morning HJ

Hope to see as many spins, er I mean posts as possible from you today. We have a lot of ground to cover as time is running out
[quote][p][bold]Eugenius[/bold] wrote: Unchain the Brighton motorist! The council should get rid of all bus shelters, especially the ones on the pavements, they take up valuable parking space.[/p][/quote]Morning HJ Hope to see as many spins, er I mean posts as possible from you today. We have a lot of ground to cover as time is running out I'm H Jarrs and I can't stand cars!

8:17am Sat 14 Dec 13

Sussex jim says...

I have sympathy with the lorry driver,as it is often difficult to unload in towns.
But he should not have been driving on, or let his vehicle overhang,the pavement.
I have sympathy with the lorry driver,as it is often difficult to unload in towns. But he should not have been driving on, or let his vehicle overhang,the pavement. Sussex jim

8:24am Sat 14 Dec 13

John Steed says...

there is a sign outside my premises which is hit by lorries weekly or more often, previously WSCC changed it for a special order goose neck, when that got run down they replaced it with an ordinary one, which I queried before the guys installed it, this weeks latest visit yesterday was to change the bulb again damaged by impact, I bet an FOI request to WSCC would reveal this as one of the most maintained signs in sussex, just opposite is a street light column placed slap bang in the middle of the pavement, when queried i was advised that it has to be 90cm from the kerb, I think you are missing the word minimum off that statment but no the donkeys slapped it in the middle of the path leaving it impossible to pass by pram, buggy or wheel chair without either going on the road or walking on private property, AH the brilliance of those emplyed to look after the infra structure, pity common sense is no longer a prerequisite of the job
there is a sign outside my premises which is hit by lorries weekly or more often, previously WSCC changed it for a special order goose neck, when that got run down they replaced it with an ordinary one, which I queried before the guys installed it, this weeks latest visit yesterday was to change the bulb again damaged by impact, I bet an FOI request to WSCC would reveal this as one of the most maintained signs in sussex, just opposite is a street light column placed slap bang in the middle of the pavement, when queried i was advised that it has to be 90cm from the kerb, I think you are missing the word minimum off that statment but no the donkeys slapped it in the middle of the path leaving it impossible to pass by pram, buggy or wheel chair without either going on the road or walking on private property, AH the brilliance of those emplyed to look after the infra structure, pity common sense is no longer a prerequisite of the job John Steed

8:40am Sat 14 Dec 13

rusky says...

All 9 of me wrote:
please tell us what is terrifying here ?
"The terrifying moment a bus shelter crashed to the ground after being hit by a delivery lorry." :D
[quote][p][bold]All 9 of me[/bold] wrote: please tell us what is terrifying here ?[/p][/quote]"The terrifying moment a bus shelter crashed to the ground after being hit by a delivery lorry." :D rusky

11:23am Sat 14 Dec 13

lawrencejwestmoreland says...

Do you like acting as inhibited as you are at work in your own house, and having future work evaluations reflect how well you entertain as well as how well you do your job?
Then by all means invite people from the office
then go on
!.... ℬAℛ17.cℴm
thank you
Do you like acting as inhibited as you are at work in your own house, and having future work evaluations reflect how well you entertain as well as how well you do your job? Then by all means invite people from the office then go on !.... ℬAℛ17.cℴm thank you lawrencejwestmoreland

5:02pm Sat 14 Dec 13

bluemonday says...

lorry diver doesn't know how much overhang he has at the back of his vehicle,and people are blaming the bus stop,only in brighton
lorry diver doesn't know how much overhang he has at the back of his vehicle,and people are blaming the bus stop,only in brighton bluemonday

6:58pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Dave At Home says...

Well it does not look like a lorry to me but a 40 foot trailer and when the driver pulled out his line of vision would not have caught what was going on behind him. Love the comment from the Council, Buses and Clear Channel that there is no problem here..... duh if the shelter has been hit twice there is something wrong here..... those who say there is nothing wrong should be striped of the jobs and more competent people put in their places. This Country is being run by idiots who seem to have idiots as bosses, no wonder we are in such a mess.
Well it does not look like a lorry to me but a 40 foot trailer and when the driver pulled out his line of vision would not have caught what was going on behind him. Love the comment from the Council, Buses and Clear Channel that there is no problem here..... duh if the shelter has been hit twice there is something wrong here..... those who say there is nothing wrong should be striped of the jobs and more competent people put in their places. This Country is being run by idiots who seem to have idiots as bosses, no wonder we are in such a mess. Dave At Home

8:23pm Sat 14 Dec 13

sussexlad says...

Quick better put the bus fares up again to cover cost of repair's
Quick better put the bus fares up again to cover cost of repair's sussexlad

8:30pm Sun 15 Dec 13

FatherTed11 says...

Truly terrifying stuff...
Truly terrifying stuff... FatherTed11

9:06pm Sun 15 Dec 13

ghost bus driver says...

I'm surprised he was able to get anywhere near the stop because of the cars that are usually parked there. This is one stop that really needs to be built out.
I'm surprised he was able to get anywhere near the stop because of the cars that are usually parked there. This is one stop that really needs to be built out. ghost bus driver

10:36am Mon 16 Dec 13

BURIRAM says...

Dave At Home wrote:
Well it does not look like a lorry to me but a 40 foot trailer and when the driver pulled out his line of vision would not have caught what was going on behind him. Love the comment from the Council, Buses and Clear Channel that there is no problem here..... duh if the shelter has been hit twice there is something wrong here..... those who say there is nothing wrong should be striped of the jobs and more competent people put in their places. This Country is being run by idiots who seem to have idiots as bosses, no wonder we are in such a mess.
The lorry should have not been unloading on a bus stop in the first place
[quote][p][bold]Dave At Home[/bold] wrote: Well it does not look like a lorry to me but a 40 foot trailer and when the driver pulled out his line of vision would not have caught what was going on behind him. Love the comment from the Council, Buses and Clear Channel that there is no problem here..... duh if the shelter has been hit twice there is something wrong here..... those who say there is nothing wrong should be striped of the jobs and more competent people put in their places. This Country is being run by idiots who seem to have idiots as bosses, no wonder we are in such a mess.[/p][/quote]The lorry should have not been unloading on a bus stop in the first place BURIRAM

6:21pm Mon 16 Dec 13

ghost bus driver says...

Exactly. As stated above that stop has a yellow box 75 feet long. Most buses are 35-38 feet so it ought to be built out to one bus length to allow the many elderly and disabled people that use it to board and alight in safety, then the rest of the length could be used to create some much needed parking spaces A loading bay could be put at the south end to allow delivery vans and the Iceland lorry that usually unloads there at around 6am to do so safely.
Exactly. As stated above that stop has a yellow box 75 feet long. Most buses are 35-38 feet so it ought to be built out to one bus length to allow the many elderly and disabled people that use it to board and alight in safety, then the rest of the length could be used to create some much needed parking spaces A loading bay could be put at the south end to allow delivery vans and the Iceland lorry that usually unloads there at around 6am to do so safely. ghost bus driver

4:41pm Fri 20 Dec 13

kevsteb says...

The Council spokesman said “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"
So where does this Council spokesman expect the larger lorries delivering to Boots, Iceland and KFC to park? The Council's stance regarding this bus stop is to ensure that the unjustifiable lack of loading provision ensures that parking offences by delivery lorries are more likely to occur thus generating greater revenue in parking fines.
The Council spokesman said “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" So where does this Council spokesman expect the larger lorries delivering to Boots, Iceland and KFC to park? The Council's stance regarding this bus stop is to ensure that the unjustifiable lack of loading provision ensures that parking offences by delivery lorries are more likely to occur thus generating greater revenue in parking fines. kevsteb

5:39pm Fri 20 Dec 13

kevsteb says...

All 9 of me wrote:
please tell us what is terrifying here ?
Looking at the video footage there was the real potential for several very serious, if not fatal accidents to have occurred.
Imagine a mother walking past with a baby in a buggy at the moment the shattered glass exploded out. The glass would have rained down on the baby’s face, possibly into its eyes causing potentially serious injury, permanent scarring or blindness. That is the potential danger for someone walking past.
Now looking at the footage again, imagine somebody waiting underneath the shelter as the heavy bus timetable frame fell down. It could have been an adult, who could have easily sustained a fractured skull, or again if the heavy timetable frame had fallen onto the head of a baby with its softer skull it might have suffered severe brain injury or possibly even been killed.
That’s probably what they meant by terrifying.
[quote][p][bold]All 9 of me[/bold] wrote: please tell us what is terrifying here ?[/p][/quote]Looking at the video footage there was the real potential for several very serious, if not fatal accidents to have occurred. Imagine a mother walking past with a baby in a buggy at the moment the shattered glass exploded out. The glass would have rained down on the baby’s face, possibly into its eyes causing potentially serious injury, permanent scarring or blindness. That is the potential danger for someone walking past. Now looking at the footage again, imagine somebody waiting underneath the shelter as the heavy bus timetable frame fell down. It could have been an adult, who could have easily sustained a fractured skull, or again if the heavy timetable frame had fallen onto the head of a baby with its softer skull it might have suffered severe brain injury or possibly even been killed. That’s probably what they meant by terrifying. kevsteb

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