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Car v. Bus at the Mall

By johnboy 5 October 2011 99

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Caitlin has sent in these pictures with this explanation:

So here are the pictures I took of the aftermath. It happened at the top of the hill where the Cohen street extension comes past the Westfield Bus Station.

It’s a horrible intersection, and while cars are meant to give way to any buses coming or going, they just don’t.

I’ve witnessed a lot of near misses, and it was only a matter of time before something this bad happened.

The car ran into the bus around 2.15 this afternoon, it was the bus before ours, doing the 71 route.

Apparently another car went in front of the bus, and the bus honked at it, this girl hesitated then tried to make it through before the bus and this happened.

There were 3 passangers in the car, and they all walked away from the accident, and were taken to the hospital by ambulance.

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Martlark 9:47 am 19 Dec 11

Traffic control update.

The give way signs at this intersection have been replaced with STOP signs.

I don’t think this will make too much difference as STOP signs seem to be treated, by the majority of drivers, as more forceful GIVE WAY signs; no need to stop, just slow down a bit more.

I sat there for a few minutes and recorded the behavior of motorists.

Number of cars that had no need to give way that did not stop: 18
Number of cars that stopped as per the law when no need to give way: 2

As one of the cars was actually a bus I think the amount of respect for stop signs is even lower than my tally is revealing.

roflmao 10:06 pm 05 Nov 11

BenMac said :

Bus 1. Car 0.

+1

Pork Hunt 5:11 pm 08 Oct 11

johnboy said :

Best thread ever.

Can’t be. No Gillespie.

screaming banshee 12:32 pm 08 Oct 11

krystal_moon282 said :

Loving how all of you think because I know her I am covering her back, I’ve seen this girl drive, she drives so cautiously. Never even seen her speed. & am loving the fact the police have a different story to what is on this website.

That is officially the first time I have ever seen a sentence started with an ampersand.

Skyring 7:46 am 08 Oct 11

Ok. That’s it. My next car is a bus.

Pete, who will not have to worry about cars with idiot drivers, or kangaroos, or cyclists

Tooks 7:27 am 08 Oct 11

krystal_moon282 said :

Loving how all of you think because I know her I am covering her back, I’ve seen this girl drive, she drives so cautiously. Never even seen her speed. & am loving the fact the police have a different story to what is on this website.

Really? Read the report have you?

If she’s at fault – which she obviously was – then she’ll receive a ticket (if she hasn’t already).

thatsnotme 11:47 pm 07 Oct 11

I blame the bus driver. The police officer speaking to him in the last photo was obviously so fearful of his wild bus driver ways, that he’s refused to remove his helmet.

12345 11:02 pm 07 Oct 11

i know my friends shouldn’t have done that but i didnt know they did it , but its over now i’ve learnt from my mistake that is what matters. this can all stop now 🙂

Ryan 10:58 pm 07 Oct 11

cinnmcgrath said :

i was in the car and my favourtie moment was when Becs McChicken Burger went all over Sarah

Brilliant.

Henry82 10:31 pm 07 Oct 11

krystal_moon282 said :

she drives so cautiously.

So cautiously she got hit head on by a bus?

krystal_moon282 said :

Never even seen her speed.

Well, case closed then, shes a safe driver.

krystal_moon282 said :

& am loving the fact the police have a different story to what is on this website.

oh, please post the link to police media release please. I couldn’t seem to find it.

krystal_moon282 10:11 pm 07 Oct 11

Loving how all of you think because I know her I am covering her back, I’ve seen this girl drive, she drives so cautiously. Never even seen her speed. & am loving the fact the police have a different story to what is on this website.

el 9:55 pm 07 Oct 11

cinnmcgrath said :

i was in the car and my favourtie moment was when Becs McChicken Burger went all over Sarah

GOLD. This thread just keeps delivering.

Watson 9:19 pm 07 Oct 11

12345 said :

here is the driver of the car speaking.. yes i know it probably was my fault, i am sure none of you are perfect drivers and have miss judged at some point. but what has been said is not right, if i “tried to get across before the bus” wouldn’t it have hit my door like being T boned? i obviously was sticking out a little bit which is why it hit the front right hand corner. if the bus driver had time to honk the horn, he could have had time to put his foot on the break. what happened has happened , i have learned from my mistake so everyone can stop arguing over other peoples comments and leave it. the main thing is no one got seriously injured. so you can all stop judging from a person has sent in that was not involved in the accident.

Most of the comments were about your friends trying to argue that you were not at fault, I believe. I’m sure they had good intentions, but there’s always two parties involved and by trying to clear you of any blame, they were pointing the finger at the bus driver, who was quite obviously unable to avoid this accident.

None of us are perfect drivers and I’ve had some pretty stupid bingles (minor) by not paying enough attention. I learnt from them and I try hard not to make the same mistakes.

I hope you do the same. Time to move on indeed. 🙂

buzz819 8:53 pm 07 Oct 11

12345 said :

sorry “brake” .

alright i get what your saying. the last thing i remember was i stationary. yeah i realise they are a much bigger vehicle and cannot slow down as quick as a smaller car can. but no i did not see the bus and try to beat it because im not that stupid.

I hope you saw the bus though.

cinnmcgrath 8:49 pm 07 Oct 11

i was in the car and my favourtie moment was when Becs McChicken Burger went all over Sarah

Mr Waffle 8:48 pm 07 Oct 11

I think they should make it like a railroad crossing, with a boom arm and a ding-ding-ding and everything. It’ll make Canberra feel like a real city since it’s the closest we’re going to come to a rail system…

Classified 8:47 pm 07 Oct 11

Classified said :

12345 said :

here is the driver of the car speaking.. yes i know it probably was my fault, i am sure none of you are perfect drivers and have miss judged at some point. but what has been said is not right, if i “tried to get across before the bus” wouldn’t it have hit my door like being T boned? i obviously was sticking out a little bit which is why it hit the front right hand corner. if the bus driver had time to honk the horn, he could have had time to put his foot on the break. what happened has happened , i have learned from my mistake so everyone can stop arguing over other peoples comments and leave it. the main thing is no one got seriously injured. so you can all stop judging from a person has sent in that was not involved in the accident.

That’s a good response.

You’re right in that it was good no-one was hurt. Chalk it up to experience and get with life.

Get ON with life… duh…

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