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Bus damaged in single vehicle accident

A bus driver careered off the road and smashed into a utility pole knocking out the power to nearly 550 homes.

The male driver is understood to have lost control of the bus, crashed through a wooden fence and into the utility pole near Terceira’s Gas Station on North Shore Road, Devonshire. The wooden utility pole snapped in half and smashed through the windscreen causing extensive damage to the bus. The single-vehicle accident at about 3.30pm yesterday caused a power outage at 547 homes in the immediate area.

The bus is understood to have been travelling west, from St. George’s to Hamilton, when it ended up in trees very close to the ocean, on the opposite side of the road. Police officers created a roadblock and directed traffic away from the scene for more than two hours.

BELCO crews were immediately called to the scene and managed to restore the power to all but 78 homes by about 5pm. However, some customers were expected to be left without electricity until this morning.

The bus had to be towed away and the utility pole was quickly replaced.

A police spokesman confirmed no one was injured in the single vehicle damage only collision, which is under investigation. He would not say if there were any passengers on the bus at the time of the accident.

Belco crews work overhead as a bus collided with a utility pole on North Shore Road near Terceira?s Gas Station yesterday leaving area residences without power.

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Published November 25, 2011 at 1:00 am (Updated November 25, 2011 at 7:31 am)

Bus damaged in single vehicle accident

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