Bus smashes into wall after 'handbrake left off' in Gloucester
AN 'expensive bill' is on its way to a city bus company after one of its vehicles smashed into a wall in Lower Quay Street.
The vehicle, run by Cathedral Coaches, which operates out of a base in the same street, had to be winched to safety after the crash on Saturday evening.
It is believed the handbrake had been left off after the bus was parked shortly before 5pm.
Paul Chandler, a director at Cathedral Coaches, said: "The engine was still running and the coach went rolling.
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"It will probably be expensive to repair this."
Nobody at the scene was injured but the bus, which was not carrying passengers, was left damaged, including losing its windscreen.
The road was shut and police called shortly after the accident, but traffic was allowed to pass soon afterwards.
A police investigation may follow but a force spokesman could not confirm last night whether one had been launched.
One witness, who asked not to be named, said: "It shot out of nowhere towards the police station and went straight into the wall."
Sam Courtney, who works at Fitness Superstore Gloucester in Westgate Street, was walking to his car as the accident happened.
He said: "All the workers finished at 5pm on Saturday and as we were walking the one way system to the car park in Quay Street we saw the police closing off the road.
"We assumed that it had rolled as we did not see any passengers around."
Gloucester City Councillor Pam Tracey (C, Westgate), said: "This is a shame that it happened after such a good Gloucester Day.
"The drivers have to manoeuvre the coaches into a really narrow street to park into the yard. They are a well known family business and this was just an accident.
"At least it happened after the rush hour traffic and nobody was hurt."