Bus has roof ripped off after hitting Metro bridge

The Go North East bus with its top ripped off after it went under the Metro bridge at Percy Main. Photos by Mike Adie � 2013
The Go North East bus with its top ripped off after it went under the Metro bridge at Percy Main. Photos by Mike Adie � 2013

A DOUBLE decker bus had its roof ripped off after hitting a Metro bridge in Percy Main.

The out-of-service Go North East double decker hit the bridge in Station Road at around 12.10am on Thursday, April 4 – just minutes after the last Metro had crossed.

A structural inspection of the bridge by officials from Nexus revealed no damage to the bridge, while the driver of the bus escaped unscathed. There were no passengers on the bus.

The road was closed to allow the debris to be cleared and an initial investigation to take place.

A police spokesperson said: “At 12.12am, we received a report that a double decker bus had collided with a bridge in Station Road near to Percy Main Metro Station.

“Officers attended and a section of the road was closed to allow the bus to be recovered.

“No one was injured and Metro engineers were called and checked the condition of the bridge.

“Enquiries into the collision are ongoing.”

A Go North East spokesman said the bus was not on a regular route, with the driver heading back to the depot, and a full investigation would take place.