Praise for bus driver after man's lucky escape

By a County Press reporter

Tuesday, December 31, 2013


Praise for bus driver after man's lucky escape

Southern Vectis footage released by Isle of Wight police showing the man lying in the road.


FOOTAGE of a bus heading towards a man lying in the middle of an Isle of Wight road has been released by the police to warn drivers and pedestrians to take care.

The man was lucky to escape uninjured when a quick thinking bus driver slammed on his brakes.

The incident took place on Halletts Shute, Yarmouth, at 3.05am on October 5, and footage has been released to raise road awareness over the festive season.

Sgt Dave Sanderson of Isle of Wight roads policing unit said: "The video shows the extraordinary danger the man put himself in. More significantly, the danger he put everyone else in.

"Imagine the devastating impact this incident could have had on others, if it were not for the amazing reactions of the bus driver.

"We have released the video with the kind permission of Southern Vectis to encourage safer behaviour. Whether a pedestrian or road user, please keep yourself safe on the roads, because sometimes you need to expect the unexpected."

A Southern Vectis spokesman said: "The driver's quick thinking actions saved this guy's life, but just a second or two later, it could have been a different story. Please keep yourself and others safe when enjoying a night out."

See the footage below:

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