Witness describes moment First bus ‘demolished’ traffic light and hit Quorum offices

witness describes moment first bus demolished traffic light and hit quorum offices - Witness describes moment First bus 'demolished' traffic light and hit Quorum offices

A witness has spoken about the moment a bus crashed into a Bristol city centre office block.

The double-decker First Bus hit the brick wall of the Quorum offices on Old Market at around 9.10pm on June 11.

Train manager David Shelley had left Temple Meads station to get dinner on his break when he witnessed the crash.

The 36-year-old said: “I was walking along eating my kebab. While walking back to the station, I became aware of a loud banging and crunching noise.

Emergency services at the scene on Old Market after a bus crashed into a building

Emergency services at the scene on Old Market after a bus crashed into a building

“I looked up to see, 100ft in front of me, a purple First double-decker go straight on from the edge of the roundabout and demolishing a traffic light.

“It crossed the cycle lane, mounted the wide pavement and hit the front of the building.

“Other bystanders were rushing to the drivers aid. I immediately rang the police, fire service and ambulance service.”

Mr Shelley said the driver of the bus extracted himself through the rear emergency exit because the front doors were “too mangled to open”.

He described the driver as “shaken but OK”.

Mr Shelley added: “Unfortunately I had to work the 9.54pm train back to Exeter so was short on time.

“I flagged down a passing police vehicle then passed more details to them, before I hot-footed it back to the station to work my train.”

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