Bus driver impaled after Manchester Road crash leaves nine people hurt

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Scene of the crash Scene of the crash

A bus driver had a miraculous escape after he was impaled by a metal rod when his vehicle smashed into railings.

The spike pinned him to his seat and missed a main artery by just a centimetre. The driver was trapped for an hour and a half as firefighters and paramedics worked together in a delicate rescue operation.

The man was airlifted to hospital with the spike still sticking through his leg.

Eight other people were injured when the bus ploughed into a number of cars after hitting the central reservation barrier. The accident, which happened just after noon yesterday, brought traffic to a standstill on Manchester Road, Bradford.

The citybound carriageway was closed near Broadway Avenue.

The double-decker First bus, with passengers on board, was heading towards the city centre when hit the central reservation, demolishing a section of it. It then lurched back to the inside, hitting five cars, at least three of which were parked. Roads policing officers are now investigating what caused the incident. Watch Commander Phil Warden, of Odsal station, said eight people, from the cars and the bus, were sitting on the kerb when they got to the scene. He said six were walking wounded, but two went to Bradford Royal Infirmary.

Mr Warden said: “The bus driver was impaled by a piece of metal handrail from the central reservation railing.

“It had come through the front of the bus, entered his right leg at the bottom of his hamstring and came out right at the top of his leg.

“The spike had then gone through the back of his seat and embedded itself in the bus.

“He was in a hell of a lot of pain, had lost a lot of blood and was in deep shock. A fast response paramedic was already with him and was speaking to him. He was conscious at that point but the medics later knocked him out with drugs so he could be released.”

Mr Warden said the rod had missed a main artery by only a centimetre. “If it had hit the artery he would have suffered massive blood loss and it could have been catastrophic.”

The bus was surrounded by a trail of destruction as the 90-minute rescue operation was carried out. Firefighters cut the roof off one car so the occupants could get out and severe damage could be seen to a black 4x4, a blue Ford Focus and a green Nissan.

Four road ambulances, two paramedic response cars and four fire engines, were at the scene. The air ambulance was landed on a church car park.

Crews cut the ends off the spike before his legs could be released and he could be lifted on to a stretcher. He was flown to Leeds General Infirmary.

Mr Warden said: “He was taken to hospital with the spike still in his leg. I have never dealt with an incident where a bus driver has been impaled before, and nor had anybody else on the team.”

Police said the bus driver had suffered serious, but not life-threatening leg injuries.

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6:59am Fri 27 Dec 13

Albion. says...

Well done to all involved in the rescue and recovery work, excellent job.
Well done to all involved in the rescue and recovery work, excellent job. Albion.

9:32am Fri 27 Dec 13

collos25 says...

The whole layout of Manchester Road from top to bottom and the useless bus lanes are an accident waiting to happen its thankful we have such good rescue services .
The whole layout of Manchester Road from top to bottom and the useless bus lanes are an accident waiting to happen its thankful we have such good rescue services . collos25

10:06am Fri 27 Dec 13

ShineyDave says...

There isn't a bus lane where the accident happened though so it can't have been a contributing factor. The report says the bus hit a kerb, something that can't happen in a guided bus lane so I fact the bus lanes would have prevented this accident.

Agree about the emergency service though, we have the best in the world. the only people who get to you quicker are the proliferation of ambulance chasing lawyers that seem to be a feature of Bradford these days
There isn't a bus lane where the accident happened though so it can't have been a contributing factor. The report says the bus hit a kerb, something that can't happen in a guided bus lane so I fact the bus lanes would have prevented this accident. Agree about the emergency service though, we have the best in the world. the only people who get to you quicker are the proliferation of ambulance chasing lawyers that seem to be a feature of Bradford these days ShineyDave

11:55am Fri 27 Dec 13

bd7 helper says...

Thanks to Yorkshire air ambulance
Thanks to Yorkshire air ambulance bd7 helper

6:22pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Mr Capp says...

The story going around is that the polish bus driver fell asleep at the wheel thus resulting in the accident and that he was allegedly over the prescribed alcohol limit. Shocking if true.
The story going around is that the polish bus driver fell asleep at the wheel thus resulting in the accident and that he was allegedly over the prescribed alcohol limit. Shocking if true. Mr Capp

9:59pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Curvyjo says...

The driver did not fall asleep nor had he been drinking!
The driver did not fall asleep nor had he been drinking! Curvyjo

11:05pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Andybo says...

bd7 helper wrote:
Thanks to Yorkshire air ambulance
What about the rest of the team?
[quote][p][bold]bd7 helper[/bold] wrote: Thanks to Yorkshire air ambulance[/p][/quote]What about the rest of the team? Andybo

11:26pm Fri 27 Dec 13

Curvyjo says...

It was a combined team effort from all emergency services
It was a combined team effort from all emergency services Curvyjo

12:53am Sat 28 Dec 13

siwy344 says...

Mr Capp wrote:
The story going around is that the polish bus driver fell asleep at the wheel thus resulting in the accident and that he was allegedly over the prescribed alcohol limit. Shocking if true.
What an i@@@t!. Little racist t@@t!
[quote][p][bold]Mr Capp[/bold] wrote: The story going around is that the polish bus driver fell asleep at the wheel thus resulting in the accident and that he was allegedly over the prescribed alcohol limit. Shocking if true.[/p][/quote]What an i@@@t!. Little racist t@@t! siwy344

4:05am Sat 28 Dec 13

TirNaNog says...

Mr Capp wrote:
The story going around is that the polish bus driver fell asleep at the wheel thus resulting in the accident and that he was allegedly over the prescribed alcohol limit. Shocking if true.
Ah the old "story going round" line. Classic.
Story going round is you're an idiot! Don't shoot the messenger!
[quote][p][bold]Mr Capp[/bold] wrote: The story going around is that the polish bus driver fell asleep at the wheel thus resulting in the accident and that he was allegedly over the prescribed alcohol limit. Shocking if true.[/p][/quote]Ah the old "story going round" line. Classic. Story going round is you're an idiot! Don't shoot the messenger! TirNaNog

3:28pm Sat 28 Dec 13

johnhem says...

the bus lane is on the "up" side of the road there. you can't blame the bus lane this time, though there have been deaths and near misses ever since it was built.
I see we now have a crossing for pedestrians just below there on the lights at St Stephens Rd, and another set just 50 yds away UNDER THE BRIDGE. what's the point of the bridge, or is it now cyclists ony?
the bus lane is on the "up" side of the road there. you can't blame the bus lane this time, though there have been deaths and near misses ever since it was built. I see we now have a crossing for pedestrians just below there on the lights at St Stephens Rd, and another set just 50 yds away UNDER THE BRIDGE. what's the point of the bridge, or is it now cyclists ony? johnhem

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