Peterborough family left stunned as bus leaves the road and nearly runs them over

Phil Quanborough at the bus stop where he and his family were almost knocked over by a bus EMN-150721-100011009
Phil Quanborough at the bus stop where he and his family were almost knocked over by a bus EMN-150721-100011009
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A startled family had a sturdy shelter to thank after it stopped them from being hit by a bus which had left the road.

The single decker went over the kerb and hit the shelter where Phil Quanborough (40), wife Rowena (38) and 15-month-old daughter Lily were waiting.

Fortunately for the family the shelter at the White Heart stop in High Street, Fletton held firm, preventing any injuries, but the incident on July 15 left Phil thankful neither himself, his wife or baby girl were hurt.

He said: “I looked right and the bus was coming then I looked left to make sure the baby’s stuff was ready. Before I looked back again there was a bang.

“The bottom half of the bus hit me and the big front wheels were inches away from my feet.

“If the shelter had not stopped the bus I would have been run over and fallen over my family.

“I was stunned and very, very lucky.”

Phil said he was hit by the bus in his thigh, right arm and shin but no damage was suffered.

The shelter took the full force of the bus, but apart from a few marks did not suffer any damage.

Despite the near miss Phil and his family, of Farnsworth Court, Fletton, got on to the Stagecoach bus and travelled to Queensgate, all the while avoiding any confrontation with the driver.

At the bus station he was unsuccessful in getting Stagecoach to prevent the bus driver from going out again, but after calling its offices the company took the driver off the road.

A relieved Phil says he is now hoping for an apology from Stagecoach.

Andy Campbell, managing director for Stagecoach East, said: “The incident is being dealt with by the company’s disciplinary procedures. From what I’ve been told it’s a misjudgement.

“We have worked with the police and shown them the footage of the CCTV.

“We’ve sent a letter to the gentleman which said ‘I hope you find this in good health’.”

A spokesman for Cambridgeshire police said: “We were called at 2.13pm on July 15 with a report that a bus had struck and damaged a bus shelter in High Street, Fletton.

“Due to the fact that no one was injured, only material damage was caused and there was no evidence of any prolonged lack of due care or attention on the part of the driver, no investigation will be carried out into the incident.”