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North Melbourne - truck & route 401 bus collision

Postby Roderick Smith » Sun Mar 05, 2017 1:16 pm

The bus was travelling from North Melbourne to Melbourne University, and would have been turning right (south to east) from Dryburgh St into Victoria St; the café was on the north-west corner (ie, on the bus's left). The intersection has traffic lights. What move could the truck have been making to push the bus to that finishing point?

I thought that I had posted this last night, but I can't find any evidence that I did, or that anyone beat me to it. I suspect that it was the last item left when I quit for the day.

Roderick

WORKERS at a North Melbourne takeaway shop have had a lucky escape after an express bus crashed into their building on Fri.3.3.17.
The 401 express bus, carrying four passengers, slammed into the takeaway shop at 9.50am.
Luckily cafe workers were in the back of the shop at the time and no-one was injured.
A kitchenhand at the shop, at the corner of Victoria and Dryburgh streets, said a customer had left just five minutes before the crash.
“We’re all a little shaken but not injured,” the worker, named as Matthew, told 3AW.
He said staff heard a loud bang and discovered the bus sitting 5m inside the shop.
The bus caused significant damage to the shop. Picture: Mark StewartSource:News Corp Australia.
The bus and a truck collided before the bus veered into the store. Picture: Mark StewartSource:News Corp Australia.
The bus driver suffered only minor injuries. Picture: Mark StewartSource:News Corp Australia.
A neighbouring house was also damaged. Picture: Mark StewartSource:News Corp Australia.
A firefighter examines the extent of damage to the footpath. Picture: Mark StewartSource:News Corp Australia
The aftermath. Picture: Mark StewartSource:News Corp Australia.
A truck driver speaks to an ambulance officer. Picture: Mark StewartSource:News Corp Australia.
“It’s a pretty old building and there’s a lot of structural damage,” Matthew added.
A Victoria Police spokesman said it was understood a truck collided with the bus at the intersection causing the bus to veer off the road and into the takeaway shop.
The male bus driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
Four passengers on board escaped injury and the driver of the truck was not hurt.
A total of 28 firefighters from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade were called to assist at the scene and making the site safe.
“Fortunately there were minimal people inside at the time and there were no reported injuries apart from some very minor injuries to the bus driver,” the MFB said in a statement.
“Initial crews on scene called for our urban search and rescue team to help shore up the premises so the bus could be removed and the site made safe.
“Once the bus was removed some demolition works was required rather than shoring up.”
The 401 bus travels between North Melbourne station and the University of Melbourne.
Nearby roads were closed in the wake of the accident and motorists were urged to avoid the area.
Roads have since reopened.
A truck driver with a paramedic at the scene. Picture: Mark StewartSource:News Corp Australia.
Police investigate the accident spot. Picture: Mark StewartSource:News Corp Australia.
www.news.com.au/national/victoria/bus-c ... a05816735b

Bus smashes into North Melbourne cafe March 3, 2017.
Cafe workers and bus passengers are lucky to be alive after a public bus swerved to miss a truck and smashed into a popular North Melbourne cafe.
The bus swerved to avoid a semi-trailer attempting to turn right at the corner of Dryburgh and Victoria streets at about 10am on Friday.
It went straight through the front of the North Melbourne Takeaway cafe on the corner.
The bus driver was hurt and taken to hospital in a stable condition, but four passengers and four cafe staff avoided injury.
"Looking at the scene, it's a stroke of luck it wasn't more serious," Senior Sergeant John Mason told reporters on Friday.
Local resident Helena Steel said there is a problem with speeding traffic in the area.
"We've lost lives on this corner," Ms Steel told AAP.
John Mie was inside his home nearby when he heard a loud noise and ran outside to see what happened.
"It was very noisy...boom! (I heard it) two times," Mr Mie told AAP.
The truck driver has been questioned and tested for drugs and alcohol.
Police said he could face charges of careless driving and failing to give way to traffic.
www.news.com.au/national/breaking-news/ ... bcc1f9cdd2

March 3 2017 Bus crashes into North Melbourne take-away shop.
A bus crashed through the front of a take-away shop in North Melbourne after colliding with a truck just before 10am on Friday.
A kitchenhand at North Melbourne Take Away said staff were shaken after hearing a loud bang and finding a bus had ploughed five metres through the front of the store.
A kitchenhand in the cafe said staff were shaken but uninjured..
Speaking to 3AW, Matthew said the bus missed the only customer in the store by a minute.
"We were all fortunately in the back of the shop when all of a sudden there was a great bang. I thought it was a lightning strike and then all the power went out immediately."
The driver of the bus was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
"We put our heads around the corner and we saw a 401 has ploughed through the front of the shop.
"One customer just left a minute before it happened. It's quite a small shop."
The man driving the bus was taken to hospital with minor injuries but luckily, despite the extensive damage to the shop, the four passengers on the bus and the truck driver escaped injury.
The bus was a 401 express shuttle that travels between the University of Melbourne and North Melbourne station. It collided with the truck at the intersection of Victoria and Dryburgh streets.
All four bus passengers luckily escaped injury. Photo: Dominik Pomianowski .
"I was worried about an explosion. You don't know what happens in those situations so we go out of there as soon as possible," Matthew said.
"We're all a bit shaken but no one was injured except for the poor bus driver, he had to be escorted from the bus. There was no visible injuries on him so he was taken away in an ambulance."
"[About] half-a-dozen people got out of the bus. Two people had to be treated for shock.
"It's a pretty old building and there's a lot of structural damage so I don't know what's going to happen from now."
Traffic was blocked for some time at the intersection of Dryburgh and Victoria Streets.
MFB said that crews were at the scene for more than four hours. Members of the Urban Search and Rescue team were called to secure the building so the bus could be removed.
www.theage.com.au/victoria/bus-crashes- ... ups63.html
Photo: Twitter/@3AW693.
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Re: North Melbourne - truck & route 401 bus collision

Postby Heihachi_73 » Sun Mar 05, 2017 3:45 pm

The second news.com.au version almost sounds like the bus ran straight into the building after avoiding the truck. The footage on channel 9 or 7 or whatever clearly shows the bus swerved to get out of the way, was then T-boned by the truck, and then ran into the building.

Bus involved in the accident is Sita 27 (Volvo B12BLE, CR228L).
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Re: North Melbourne - truck & route 401 bus collision

Postby Roderick Smith » Mon Mar 06, 2017 12:40 pm

Four views from Fri.3.3.17 Melbourne Herald Sun.
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Re: North Melbourne - truck & route 401 bus collision

Postby Roderick Smith » Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:47 pm

The remaining six.
170303F Melbourne 'Herald Sun' bus crash (three).
170303F Melbourne 'Age' bus crash (three, inc. one from Twitter 3AW, and one from Dominik Pomianowski).

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