Bus driver brings the roof down

 

The scene on Picton Street. Times photo Wayne Martin

Commuters catching the bus in Howick Village this morning may have arrived to a strange sight.

A Howick & Eastern bus crashed into the bus shelter on Picton Street outside The Good Home at 10:40 this morning, sending part of the shelter through a window of the pub directly behind it.

Barry O’Shaughnessy, proprietor of The Good Home Bar & Restaurant in Howick, checks the damage to his premises. Times photo Wayne Martin.

Owner of The Good Home, Barry O’Shaughnessy showed the Times where the shelter had crashed into the window of the pub, leaving glass shattered across the floor of the dining section.

He said he had spoken to the driver and was in the process of sorting out an insurance claim.

Mr O’Shaughnessy said he didn’t see the accident but thinks the back of the bus knocked into the shelter as the driver pulled out onto the street.

Howick and Eastern Buses Operations Manager Troy O’Dea confirmed it was one of the company’s buses and said an investigation was underway and due to be completed by the end of the day.

Mr O’Dea said the driver was completing a written accident and incident report and CCTV footage would be checked as part of the investigation.