CCTV footage shows man get hit by bus in Reading then walking into the pub

No arrests have been made

Will Worley
Tuesday 11 July 2017 15:13
CCTV footage shows man miraculously walk away after being hit by bus in Reading

Video footage has shown a man get hit by a bus – and then immediately get up and calmly walk into a pub.

Simon Smith, 53, was walking down Gun Street in Reading at the weekend, when a purple double-decker bus came careening around a corner and hit him from behind, pushing him several metres down the pavement.

Mr Smith had just crossed the road and the bus appeared to mount the kerb, hitting him as well as smashing into a building.

Despite the force of the impact he got up and walked calmly into the Purple Turtle pub, next to where he fell.

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“I think he [Mr Smith] pretty much got up, brushed himself down and then an ambulance came and took him to be checked,” Daniel Fraifeld, 50, co-owner of the Purple Turtle told the Mail Online.

“He got looked over and didn’t have any lasting injuries – but he’s covered in scrapes and bruises.

“He then got released from the hospital and I think he just went for a pint to relax.”

A second person was also hurt by debris. Both were taken to hospital for further checks.

A spokesman for Reading Buses said: "We are aware that CCTV has been released of the incident that occurred on Gun Street in Reading Town Centre on Saturday 24 June.

“We are obviously shocked by the incident as well as the very graphic footage that has been shared a number of times. Thankfully, the pedestrian does not have any major injuries and there were no major injuries to passengers on the bus.

"The incident is the subject of an ongoing internal investigation as well as an investigation by the police with whom we are working and sharing footage from our onboard CCTV. So it would be inappropriate for us to comment or speculate on this until it has run its course.

"We can assure the public that all our drivers are incredibly professional and trained to the highest standard. Our buses receive regular checks by our award-winning engineering department.

"We send our regrets to those affected, especially the pedestrian injured in the street and hope that he is recovering from his injuries."

A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said: 'We were called to a road traffic collision involving a bus and a pedestrian in Gun Street at 9.13am on Saturday.

“The ambulance was called to the scene. The road was closed for about two hours. No arrests have been made.”

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