Out-of-control bus hits block of flats

Gazette: Out-of-control bus hits block of flats Out-of-control bus hits block of flats

AN out-of-control bus crashed into flats just metres from the depot after a break-in.

The single-decker bus was abandoned across Magdalen Street, Colchester, after the incident yesterday at 12.10am.

The depot is easy to access via a broken wall and it is understood the key had been left in the bus.

A source, who we agreed not to name, said: “The bus came through the compound gates, smashed the padlock off and the vehicle went straight into the building opposite.

“Luckily, it didn’t hit anyone or another vehicle.

“It’s not clear if the bus was driven out or went on its own momentum.”

A bus was stolen from the depot last December and crashed into the boundary wall, which has not been repaired.

First Buses moved its vehicles from Queen Street two years ago after a stolen bus was taken on a 22-mile joyride around the town.

The source says on all three occasions the buses were unlocked and were started with the flick of a switch because they do not have immobilisers.

A spokesman for First Buses said: “We can confirm, as a result of a security breach at our Colchester headquarters, a bus was removed from the depot.

“It was later found, undamaged, in Magdalen Street.

“We treat security issues seriously and all our vehicles are stored in locked premises overnight.

“We are already reviewing our security procedures as a result of the incident and have launched our own internal investigation to establish exactlywhat happened.

“We are working closely with Essex Police to apprehend the perpetrator.”

The firm refused to comment on claims buses are left unlocked and are easy to start.

A businessman in Magdalen Street, who refused to be named, said: “It is unbelievable. This street should be monitored by cameras because there are a lot of incidents.”

Police are investigating the break-in. Anyone with information can

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9:38pm Tue 15 Jul 14

greenbroker says...

With a bit of training the driver will be fine for the local bus company. No wonder they don't operate newer buses around here.
With a bit of training the driver will be fine for the local bus company. No wonder they don't operate newer buses around here. greenbroker
  • Score: -9

6:03am Wed 16 Jul 14

Navajo wife says...

Three incidents? Hmmmmm and still have their operating licence.If, of course it's the same.company.Even so, ALL passenger vehicles should have an imobilizer.I can't even begin to imagine what would happen if someone was hit....or worse..
Three incidents? Hmmmmm and still have their operating licence.If, of course it's the same.company.Even so, ALL passenger vehicles should have an imobilizer.I can't even begin to imagine what would happen if someone was hit....or worse.. Navajo wife
  • Score: 0

10:43am Wed 16 Jul 14

totallyfootball says...

Another break in? When will they sort the security, if I were the insurance company I would knock them!
Another break in? When will they sort the security, if I were the insurance company I would knock them! totallyfootball
  • Score: 6

11:23am Wed 16 Jul 14

C.I.5. says...

The usual standards for the Cannon Ball Lads?
Was it an accident or accidents in the making?
All we need is Burt Reynolds and The Top Gear Team, marshaled by Colchester Council and the Teflons. and we will have the whole package of complete and utter carnage.
I suppose quite self effacing Colchester the 16th most happiest town in the country has to pay for some small mercies.
Three fatal stabbings, umpteen attempted knife attacks. Ambulances sirens and Paramedic vehicles screaming around all day, with their New York city style high pitch warble.
All we need is Kojak and The Hill Street Blues Shift and we got a show.
The usual standards for the Cannon Ball Lads? Was it an accident or accidents in the making? All we need is Burt Reynolds and The Top Gear Team, marshaled by Colchester Council and the Teflons. and we will have the whole package of complete and utter carnage. I suppose quite self effacing Colchester the 16th most happiest town in the country has to pay for some small mercies. Three fatal stabbings, umpteen attempted knife attacks. Ambulances sirens and Paramedic vehicles screaming around all day, with their New York city style high pitch warble. All we need is Kojak and The Hill Street Blues Shift and we got a show. C.I.5.
  • Score: -3

7:27pm Wed 16 Jul 14

hughie-s says...

I suggest they invest in a crane for the new depot so they can get the buses out of the river.
I suggest they invest in a crane for the new depot so they can get the buses out of the river. hughie-s
  • Score: 1

4:21pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Heinz says...

"“We treat security issues seriously and all our vehicles are stored in locked premises overnight."

Locked (well, a padlock) but no attempt made to repair the wall demolished by a (previous) stolen bus so 'the perp' had no difficulty making entry.

Doh!
"“We treat security issues seriously and all our vehicles are stored in locked premises overnight." Locked (well, a padlock) but no attempt made to repair the wall demolished by a (previous) stolen bus so 'the perp' had no difficulty making entry. Doh! Heinz
  • Score: 0
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