Bus crash shock

One of the Seamer Road park and ride buses was in collision with a lorry on St Nicholas street adjacent to the Royal Hotel. Picture Dave Kettlewell. 113421'24/08/11
One of the Seamer Road park and ride buses was in collision with a lorry on St Nicholas street adjacent to the Royal Hotel. Picture Dave Kettlewell. 113421'24/08/11

A SCARBOROUGH park and ride bus was badly damaged during a collision in St Nicholas Street.

The number 64 had come from the Seamer Road site and had no passengers on board at the time of the incident.

The collision between the bus and a parked lorry outside the Royal Hotel happened at 10.25am yesterday.

A passer-by said that it looked like the bus had come around the corner and collided with a parked lorry.

He said: “The bus was right across the road and the lorry was at an angle.

“The wagon was just scratched but the bus had three huge windows blown out.

“I didn’t see the accident but when I came past there were emergency crews everywhere. It’s done quite a bit of damage.”

Bob Rackley, commercial director at East Yorkshire Motor Services, said: “The bus was in service, but there were no passengers on board at the time.

“The buses normally drop people off at the top end of Somerset Terrace and pick up again in St Thomas Street.”

Mr Rackley also confirmed that the driver was OK and there were no injuries.

He said: “Obviously we need to investigate what happened.

“I’m not able to say at the moment how much the damage will cost to repair and how long it will take, but it will take a while.”

He added: “We’ve got eight park and ride buses across both sites and this is the first time I can recall an incident of this nature.”

Mr Rackley also reassured passengers that even though this bus will need to be taken out of service for a while, the park and ride service will continue as normal.

The Seamer Road site has 600 parking spaces and is served by buses operating at least every 12 minutes. The first journey from the Seamer Road is at 7am and the last journey from the town centre is 7.08pm from York Place.