Police Distance Themselves From Incident of Bath University Crashing Through Manhole

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The police have said that they will not take part in the investigations of a U1 double decker that crushed a pavement manhole on Thursday, February 28 at the City centre junction.

Passengers had to evacuate from the double-decker U1 after it got stuck in a manhole. William Easdown, a founder of Bath Society for University Students interested in Space was a passenger on the bus when the incident happened. When speaking to Bath Live, Mr Easdown said that the incident happened at around 8:50 am when the double-decker that was carrying students heading to the University tried to avoid a crash with a First bendy bus that was swinging left from North Parade onto Manvers Street.

According to Easdown, the two buses got stuck for a minute. The driver of the double decker then moved to the pavement in order to allow the bendy to pass, and this is when he realized he was stuck. He told all students to get off the bus and an empty double-decker arrived about 10 minutes later.

Chris Hanson, heads of operation of First West said that they were aware of the incident that happened on Manvers Street involving a U1 service. Mr. Hanson said that the bus was stuck for 10 minutes. The driver checked the bus for damage and transferred the customers to another empty bus.  The incident had been reported to the Avon and Somerset police and officers sealed the damaged manhole with police tape.

However, a spokesman for the force said that the incident was a local authority matter and not a police matter. Bath and North East Somerset Council spokeswoman said that the council has secured the manhole and will continue to monitor the place. She also expressed that the repair time will depend on the site’s condition and the materials required.

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