Shock as bus hits house in Strathkinness

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RESIDENTS in a house in Strathkinness got a shock earlier this week when a double-decker bus crashed into the side of their home.

Several passengers on the bus were also shaken by the accident as was the driver, who needed assistance to get out of the vehicle.

The incident happened at the bottom of Main Street in the village on Monday at around 1.30pm.

Roadworks were already in place on the road which has been reduced to a single lane with temporary traffic lights in operation.

Bus operator Stagecoach are now investigating what caused the bus to veer off the road and damage a stone wall before colliding with the house.

BANG

Colleen O’Neill was in the house at the time along with her fiancee, Graeme Wilkie, and their friend, Dave Sansom. All three were in the room that took the full force of the impact but none of them had any idea what had happened until they got outside.

Colleen told the Citizen: “We were sitting in the far corner of the room watching TV when we heard a bang,”

“There was a slight vibration but it was the loud bang we noticed - we couldn’t see anything out the window.

‘‘It wasn’t until we got outside and saw the bus that we actually knew what had happened.

“When the police came to check over the bus the driver seemed to be okay, a bit shaken but he didn’t look hurt. There was a couple of people that came off the bus and they didn’t look injured either.

“They are always working on the road, the cones move every day as they start working on another part so it can be quite confusing.”

DAMAGE

The house appeared to be relatively undamaged with the only signs of the collision being a couple of slates missing from the roof and damage to a low wall around the front garden.

The road remained closed for around two hours after the crash as police and staff from Stagecoach examined the damage.

The bus was eventually moved and Stagecoach are now looking into what caused the crash.

A spokesperson for the company said: “An incident occurred in Strathkinness on Monday, whereby one of our vehicles operating service 64 came off the road, colliding with a building.

‘‘Safety is our number one priority and we are currently investigating the full circumstances of the incident and are assisting the police in their enquiries as required.”