Photos: Bus Crashed Into Building At Terminal

June 17, 2015

[Updated: At around 1.30pm today an unoccupied parked bus rolled back into the Le Chic hair salon and a female, believed to have been in the hair salon at the time, was taken to the hospital.]

A short while ago today [June 17] a bus crashed into a building in the area of the bus terminal in Hamilton. Further details are limited at this time however we will update as able.

Update 1.59pm: Police and fire personnel are on scene

Update 2.11pm: The police said that an “unoccupied bus” rolled back into the building, and one lady was injured and has been taken to KEMH for treatment. Her injuries are not believed to be life threatening.

Update 2.18pm: Audio of statement from Police Media Manager Dwayne Caines

Update 2.22pm: Mr Caines said, “At approximately 1:33pm police responded to report of an incident that took place at the bus terminal in the City of Hamilton. It appears that an unoccupied bus road rolled backward into the building…ultimately landing at a business, the Le Chic Hair and Beauty Salon.

“One lady was injured, she was taken to the hospital where she was being treated for injuries that appear not to be life threatening. At this point officers from the Bermuda Police Service along with PTB and officials from the building are now on scene, and an investigation has commenced.”

Update 3.11pm: A police spokesperson said, “Around 1:33pm on Wednesday, June 17th emergency services responded to a report of an incident that took place at the bus terminal in the City of Hamilton.

“It appears that an unoccupied parked bus rolled back into the Russell Eve building, landing in the Le Chic hair salon.

“A female, believed to have been in the hair salon at the time, was taken to the hospital for treatment of unspecified apparently non-life threatening injuries.

“An investigation regarding this incident has commenced by police along with Public Transportation Board (PTB) officials.”

Update 4.01pm: A Transport Ministry spokesperson said, “The Department of Public Transportation can confirm that an unoccupied public bus rolled back into a building on Washington Street earlier this afternoon. The DPT along with the Bermuda Police Service will carry out a full investigation into this incident.”

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  1. Terry says:

    Gotta learn how to back up.
    Brakes?
    Rum all around.

    • Anon says:

      Gotta learn how to read.
      Unoccupied?
      Sarcasm all around

      • Terry says:

        See^ Anon.
        “Brakes?”.

      • Terry says:

        And BERNEWS did not state that in the original posting.
        So get it right.

    • Dockyard Lackey says:

      Driver in too much of a hurry to get to Market Place for his delicious boxed lunch.

      • Regina says:

        Regardless, he won’t be reprimanded. Still waiting to hear about the Front St. “mishap.” Only job I know of that you can really suck at your job (driving) and it doesn’t affect your paycheck.

        • cotty says:

          Good point!
          Perhaps he/she can get doctors certificate for 17 weeks paid med leave…..I mean….hello?

          • cotty says:

            I meant to finish my previous comment with..”for unspecified mental anguish”

        • MAKE MY DAY says:

          What did you expect with the “rabble” at the BIU causing so much commotion – every time there is a problem!! Like I said before ONLY in BDA would ALL this “nonsense” be tolerated!!

          No wonder The Island’s tourism is in the toilet!! the “bar” has almost been lowered to the ground – regarding standards-in-general!!

      • MAKE MY DAY says:

        The “driver” should have been alcohol and drug tested immediately!! That’s what happens in the REAL world!!

    • Teary says:

      99% of Bernews readers believe Terry is an idiot, according to a local survey. Oh and his comments, including the repetitive “shalom” and “I need a rum” are unfunny and tedious to say the least. Go away, Terry! Try and get out more!

    • MAKE MY DAY says:

      Hope they blood-tested the “driver” for drugs and alcohol!! What AM I thinking – this is BDA!! These bus drivers seem to do as they please – when they are NOT taking “sick days”!!

      I’m still waiting for the results of the other “bus crash” on East B/way – a few months back – but I’m NOT holding my breath!! ONLY in BDA!! The REAL world operates quite differently – as most people with half-a-brain know!!

  2. yess says:

    Didn’t this happen not too long ago as well?

  3. Micro says:

    Driver didn’t set the parking brake?
    Mechanical failure?

    It really needs to become common practice that the buses are to be chocked when parked at the terminal, not the first time and surely won’t be the last. Gonna wait for someone to die or be seriously injured before doing something about it.

    • a says:

      he didn’t set the parking brake. pretty scary since there’s nothing you can do to stop the bus. new regulations should be set.

      • Micro says:

        Certainly hope that driver is sternly disciplined if that is the case. When I was catching the bus regularly, many times I have seen it the driver gets up out of the chair and races back fumbling to hit the brake pedal because they forgot to set the brake or the brake didn’t set the first time the hit the button; that happens far too often as well.

        I’m certain many others have seen the same.

  4. Mike says:

    Amazing. Thought we had reversing covered with someone at the rear helping out?

    That was quite a big fuss some time ago.

    • a says:

      no, i was there, the driver wasn’t reversing, he got out and closed the door as we were waiting to get on and forgot to put the brakes on correctly and it rolled back

  5. They may have been trying to open up a drive through hair salon,since it went into the hair place. In all seriousness thankfully no one was behind the bus and no one in the salon was hurt, but it had to be a frightening situation for all including the driver.

    Just thankful for life and no loss of life or serious injuries.

    • serengeti says:

      There was no driver Duane. That’s the problem.

      • @ serengeti, your ignorance overwhelms me, the driver will still be very upset, as this puts into question if in fact the brakes was securely put on by the driver, and if not who do you think the finger will point at.

        Maybe your brain can’t think outside the box

        • Ndgno says:

          Duane, if the driver got out of the bus, the bus was driverless.
          All those racist posts from yesterday must have emptied out the last of your brain cells.

  6. Bermudian says:

    Again! Are the brakes failing, are the drivers not being trained correctly, or are they just not paying attention??? Thank goodness no one was seriously injured.

  7. S/o Terry says:

    Terry the real MVP

  8. Betty Boop says:

    What an idiot…More money to spend on these buses.

  9. No Limit Millett says:

    aint words for dis hea.

  10. sebring says:

    Was bound to happen! Good thing no one was killed the bus terminal needs to go back to the way it was prior to the previous administration to handle passengers in a safer,cleaner and passenger friendly enviroment , this bus cave is nothing more than a ghetto nest .

  11. Um Um Like says:

    Strike!!!

    • Family Man says:

      Only if the bus driver gets charged with negligence. I mean, seriously, how was he to know the bus might roll away. Could happen to anyone right? Why should he be held accountable.

      • Accountable??? says:

        Depends. If he set the brakes and they failed that’s one thing. If he didn’t set the brakes properly that’s a different matter and he is responsible and should be held accountable.

        Of course that would mean it’s time for a strike but hey, who cares about the public.

  12. Seascape says:

    We may never know the answer as to why this happened. Still waiting for further update on the accident on East Broadway.

    • a says:

      don’t know about East Broadway but this driver just forgot to put the brakes on once he closed up the bus. Saw the whole thing. Scary.

    • serengeti says:

      I’m sure the excuses will come out, as always.
      “he had a blackout”
      “he had a medical emergency”
      “he needed to take some of his 14 weeks sick leave”

    • Edwin says:

      Coming soon in a court near you.

  13. Bermudian says:

    lol stupid

  14. Sickofantz says:

    What is it with these bus drivers?

  15. I heart 441 says:

    Accidents do happen people! Its called “Human error”. Wake up from the perfect world some of you all live in.
    Thankfully no one was seriously injured.

    • Family Man says:

      Oh well, that’s all right then.

      Maybe the driver will have to take a few days sick leave to recover from the shock. We don’t mind paying his salary while he recovers do we?

    • lucky 7 says:

      Some Bermudians love to throw around the term “human error” a bit too loosely, just like Americans use the term “pain and suffering” in a lawsuit for something stupid.

    • Ndgno says:

      Is “human error” a bit like “totally frikkin careless”, or ” too frikkin lazy to do your basic job”, or “totally frikkin incompetent”?
      Just wondering.

  16. bermyyout says:

    so can i still get food from city cafe?

  17. Ruthless says:

    Well done to all! Moving the bus before an engineer of buildings shows up to assess the building. Better hope it doesn’t all start falling cause PTB and Police would have a lot of explaining to do! Dreamers.

  18. Jus' Wonderin' says:

    Guess they didn’t learn where d parking was when they did d test!

  19. Here we go again says:

    Similar situation happened a while ago. That bus went into Audio Visual. Then we had the bus incident on East Broadway. Still waiting on the outcome of that situation and now here we go again. We the public want to know what happened with the driver in the East Broadway incident, especially given as she resigned her post and then who was responsible for this bus today and what happened. They say 3 strikes and you are out. The next time something like this happens I do believe the outcome will be tragic. Lets get it together with our public transportation.

  20. Bored says:

    Really??? I think most of us are really tired of the human errors that the Public Transportation Board employees has been making here lately.

  21. Ombudsman says:

    bus had heat stroke

  22. WhistleBlower says:

    Fare increase next year to pay for all the experts needed to survey structural damage on the building.
    Glad the customer is so though

    • Terry says:

      “Glad the customer is so though” What.
      I don’t understand.

      • Y-Gurl says:

        Glad the customer is OK oh wise one, it’s a typo

  23. pot stirer says:

    Had to get ther her did…

  24. Seabee says:

    ……….and again there will be no drug or alcohol test. The investigation will find that the bus was at fault or someone overnight moved the building up a meter and all will be well with the union. Or they will just strike and whole Island captive once again.

    • Ndgno says:

      well, a poster here saw the incident, and the driver neglected to apply the brake before exiting the bus.

      But I’m sure the union is working on his “story” even as we speak.

  25. Ross says:

    hair raising!

  26. Y-Gurl says:

    Any fool can drive a bus but it takes a special kind of fool to do this!

  27. cuds says:

    Like we need another damaged bus. Our fleet looks pitiful. Gov should source out some of the maintenance to a few private firms. Buses are looking like our roads………beat up!

  28. Full moon in Paradise says:

    Glad no one was seriously hurt.
    I wonder who will be held accountable. If the driver is at fault, let’s see if he or she is held accountable. …too many accidents occurring that cost quite a bit of money to carry out repairs., especially when the government has little money . If we keep damaging buses without consequences, the same negligent behavior will continue.
    Sick and tried of the excuses- I had an over coming, i was feeling sick and hurried from the bus to telephone my doctor, I was distracted by a pigeon that flew by the windshield……
    We can be so much more…..

  29. bermudaglobetrottersdotcom says:

    The license reads “2K701″, meaning that particular bus has been operating since 2007. In other countries, it would have been retired after 5 years. The underlying issue of this event is the faulty/over-used/need to be put to pasture buses. It is very likely the driver followed protocol, but the bus failed.

  30. Dr Dolittle says:

    Lordie they be strikes comin now!

  31. Driving instructor says:

    This guy is not at fault. The bus is wrong!

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