Bus crash causes problems

VIDEO Workmen weren't so much leaning on a lamppost, they were trying to deal with the leaning lamppost when Ipswich town centre was thrown into chaos!They heaved, they pulled, they bashed…and then they scratched their heads.

WORKMEN weren't so much leaning on a lamppost, they were trying to deal with the leaning lamppost when Ipswich town centre was thrown into chaos!

They heaved, they pulled, they bashed…and then they scratched their heads.

The lamppost was left leaning after it was struck by a bus and caused more than a spot of bother to a team of contractors turned up charged with the task of yanking it from the ground.

Crowds gathered around the junction of Tacket Street and Upper Brook Street to watch as the workmen, clad in fluorescent jackets and wearing hardhats, struggled for more than an hour to remove the deep-rooted post from the ground.

Eventually they managed to remove it and leave a hole beside the road.

The drama unfolded yesterday when a bus carrying seven passengers mounted the kerb and hit the post, sending it crashing on to the balcony of Ollies Cocktail Café.

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Police closed parts of Dogs Head Street and most of Tacket Street while the removal operation took place - causing serious problems for traffic trying to get around the town.

EDF energy was also called out after the bus struck live power cables. Amazingly, no-one was seriously injured in the accident.

Trevor Hollinsworth, owner of the cocktail cafe, said: “My son was here at the time and apparently the whole building moved about a foot to one side when it hit.

“We are now in the process of getting the council's insurance details. This will not affect business. We will remain open as usual.”

The windscreen of the bus was smashed and eye-witnesses told how the shaken driver was unable to open the doors for several minutes because they were wedged shut.

Samantha Davies, of Mersey Road, Ipswich was a passenger on the bus.

The 39-year-old said: “I was looking out of the window and then there was a massive bang.

“I was pushed forward and banged my chest. It was quite a shock. There were seven people on the bus, who were all quite old but they were all OK.”

Linda Dumbrell, a merchandiser for The Evening Star who was in Sainsbury's at the time, said: “It sounded like a bomb, it was so loud. We all wondered what had happened.”

Ipswich Buses managing director Malcolm Robson said: “We are still looking at the circumstances surrounding the accident and the driver is being examined by a doctor.

“Fortunately it was travelling at less than walking pace - it had just pulled away from a red light - and no one was seriously hurt.”

Among those at the scene was Star reader Michael Talbot who took some of these pictures.

He said: “There was a big noise and then lots of people running about. When I got there everyone was still on the bus.”

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