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Offline peterchall

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Re: Bus Crash in Brompton c.1960
« Reply #4 on: March 08, 2012, 19:58:43 »
It seems a long way to stop or skid at the speed a K6A Bristol was capable of. I wonder if the driver was taken ill.
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Re: Bus Crash in Brompton c.1960
« Reply #3 on: March 08, 2012, 18:56:23 »
No idea what happened, but......
1) Buses on service only went up the hill, in Brompton only services to Chatham went through the High Street.
2) It looks as though it has damage to the near side upper deck and front wing, perhaps even it has knocked the windows out.
3) In the photo taken from the top of Dock Road, the lampost appears to have taken a knock.

Has he come up from Pembroke Gate intending to turn left for Gillingham, hit the lampost and finished up across the road through the railings? If so he could not have been going at any speed.

The Up Wood Street/Down Middle Street route stil runs today. Originally Wood Street was too narrow for two-way traffic, and the redevelopment in the 50s widened it to fix this. C&D/M7D decided to stick to the old route despite the widening having taken place over 50 years ago.

I hadn't noticed the wonky lamp-post, but looking at it in the other pics the lamp seems to be gone from the top of the post. It could be the bus clouted it then skidded acros the road into the railings.
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Re: Bus Crash in Brompton c.1960
« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2012, 18:47:09 »
No idea what happened, but......
1) Buses on service only went up the hill, in Brompton only services to Chatham went through the High Street.
2) It looks as though it has damage to the near side upper deck and front wing, perhaps even it has knocked the windows out.
3) In the photo taken from the top of Dock Road, the lampost appears to have taken a knock.

Has he come up from Pembroke Gate intending to turn left for Gillingham, hit the lampost and finished up across the road through the railings? If so he could not have been going at any speed.

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Bus Crash in Brompton c.1960
« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2012, 17:40:24 »
I found some images of a bus crash in Brompton just by the Dock Road Roundabout, and wondered if anyone had any details about it. It looks like the bus managed a spectacular wrong turn!

Here are the images (sorry they are so small, but the site they are from doesn't allow larger versions to be posted).


http://www.na3t.org/road/photo/GM00245-01


http://www.na3t.org/road/photo/GM00245-02


http://www.na3t.org/road/photo/GM00245-03


http://www.na3t.org/road/photo/GM00245-04

All I know about it is that it must be 1958 or later (the road opened in that form in '58) and that the bus concerned was a Maidstone & District Bristol K6A, reg. no. HKE 212, running on route 19.

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