Call for better parking after man knocked down by bus in Hull's Chanterlands Avenue
A MAN was knocked down by a double-decker bus carrying children on the morning school run in Hull.
Ambulance and police crews were called to Chanterlands Avenue in west Hull shortly after 8am yesterday, as first reported on the Mail’s website.
CCTV footage apparently supports witness accounts that the man, thought to be in his fifties, had stepped out from between parked cars and failed to see the Stagecoach bus.
Speaking at the scene, close to the junction with Spring Bank West, a witness – who did not want to give his name – said: “I saw it all. It was definitely not the bus driver’s fault.
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“I was just about to get off the bus when it happened. There was nothing the driver could have done about it.”
Stagecoach says its 13S Orchard Park service is available to all passengers, although it makes scheduled drop-offs at Kelvin Hall School and Wyke College.
Graham Renshaw, the company’s assistant operations manager, said an internal investigation had been launched.
He said: “No passenger was hurt, although our driver was pretty shaken up.
“Police have told us the whole thing was captured on CCTV and it appears the man crossed between two parked cars, stepping out in front of the bus.”
Traffic quickly built up, causing tailbacks along the length of Spring Bank West, although police quickly set up diversions and cars were flowing freely again within 30 minutes.
Riccardo Tursi, of Dolci Italian Bakery, said: “It’s very busy in this street. Problems are caused by cars having to park on the street. There needs to be more parking.”
Richard Ireland, 47, who lives opposite where the accident happened, said: “There is not enough parking down here.
“There needs to be a car park for the shops.
“People park on the road and it’s dangerous because pedestrians can’t see the traffic.”
PC Steve Lamswood, one of the officers at the scene, said: “A pedestrian crossing the road has come in collision with a bus. His injuries are not considered serious.”
The man is understood to have suffered a head injury and was taken to Hull Royal Infirmary.
Anyone who witnessed the accident, but did not give police their details at the scene, is asked to call 101.