Bus passenger amazed at driver’s professionalism after motorcycle accident

I’d like to say how amazed and impressed I was, and I can only guess that my fellow travelers felt the same, towards our bus driver, Tim (First Bus), during our bus trip on Saturday 7th May at 2.15pm from Bridport to Weymouth.

During our trip to Swyre, shortly before 3pm, we came across a serious motorcycle accident on this part of the coast road. The emergency services were already on site to help the seriously injured motorcyclist. A few minutes after our bus was unable to continue its journey, for obvious reasons, luckily the air ambulance also arrived.

A female police officer quickly walked up to our bus to talk and inform our driver Tim of the serious situation ahead so that he in turn could repeat to his superiors at the bus depot and he advised on the best way to proceed our bus trip.

Meanwhile, further medical aid was being given to the injured biker – who in turn was quickly airlifted to Southampton Hospital by air ambulance. I wish the biker good luck and hope he makes a full recovery.

The driver was instructed by First to reverse and return to Bridport: he walked several yards down the road to do his homework on how he was going to reverse on this narrow, precarious road.

Luckily, where he was gauging, there was a wider entrance to the road from a campsite. That said, however, he had a double-decker bus three-quarters full which he had to back several yards before turning around to return to Bridport.

He was incredibly brave and confident and he pulled it off with complete professionalism: from someone who knew his job as a driver inside out.

Needless to say he then took us all back to Bridport and resumed the main road to Weymouth: turning right at Martinstown to cross the country lanes and back down to Chickerell, which he did regularly: resuming his road route usual to allow people to get off at their bus stops.

In my opinion, he is to be commended for doing his public job magnificently in dealing with the public in a very difficult situation.

G Penwell

Victoria Street


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