Pedestrian, 17, hit by a bus in Bournemouth

Bournemouth Echo: The scene at The Triangle, where a teenager and a bus collided. Picture by Stephen Bailey The scene at The Triangle, where a teenager and a bus collided. Picture by Stephen Bailey

A TEENAGE boy was seriously hurt after a bus accidentally drove over him following a collision, witnesses said.

The 17-year-old was in collision with an M1 Wilts and Dorset bus on Commercial Road in Bournemouth yesterday.

Passers-by urged the driver to reverse so they could help him - but witnesses said the shocked driver then went forwards over his leg.

Dorset Police said they were called to the accident at 2.15pm outside Smokin’ Aces bar.

A man from a shop who asked not to be named said: “I could see his foot sticking out under the tyre and people were telling the driver to reverse.

“But instead of reversing he came forward and it went over the foot then. The bus driver must have been in shock as well.”

Josh Mitchell, 21, whose flat overlooking the scene and who works at Aruba, said: “I heard a big bang and a lot of people shouting that somebody was stuck under the bus.

“Everyone shouted at the bus driver to reverse but then he went forward. I heard people shouting ‘stop going forwards, you are meant to go back’.

“I saw the injured guy later. His face was bleeding a lot – his nose was definitely broken and he had cuts on his head.

“There was a lot of blood around his leg and I heard someone say it was broken.

“He looked like a language student. He had flip-flops and shorts. He looked maybe Spanish. The blood on the pavement was pretty brutal.”

A Wilts & Dorset spokesman said: “We are helping the police investigation into the incident and CCTV footage will be supplied to the officers in charge. “The company wishes for a full and fast recovery for the pedestrian who is believed to be a foreign student.”

Witnesses said staff from Smokin’ Aces were the first to help but they declined to comment.

A South Western Ambulance Service spokesman said the boy suffered injuries to his face, lower legs and feet.

Dorset Police spokesman said the injuries are not thought to be life threatening.

Speaking at the scene, Sgt Sarah Jones said: “The male pedestrian has been taken to Southampton Hospital.”

The bus had a shattered front windscreen.

When it was moved around 3.45pm, it revealed a large patch of blood behind the front nearside wheel.

A female passenger was taken to Poole hospital for treatment for chest pains.

The road was closed at The Triangle and traffic was diverted down Avenue Road past Bournemouth Library.

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4:26pm Tue 17 Jul 12

EGHH says...

"The red and blue bus, registered to a Poole company, was blocking the road."

That's a More bus which I believe is part of the Wilts & Dorset Bus Company.

Hope the chap, (can't really call a 17 year old a boy!) is going to be OK.
"The red and blue bus, registered to a Poole company, was blocking the road." That's a More bus which I believe is part of the Wilts & Dorset Bus Company. Hope the chap, (can't really call a 17 year old a boy!) is going to be OK. EGHH
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4:56pm Tue 17 Jul 12

bsjc1234 says...

Yes the above is correct, it is More Buses (less often!)
Yes the above is correct, it is More Buses (less often!) bsjc1234
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6:05pm Tue 17 Jul 12

oneshortleg says...

Hope he is ok, but this seems to be happening more and more, I have personnally seen three near miss pedestrian accidents already this week. People are always quick to blame the drivers but i think people just take to many chances crossing the road.
Hope he is ok, but this seems to be happening more and more, I have personnally seen three near miss pedestrian accidents already this week. People are always quick to blame the drivers but i think people just take to many chances crossing the road. oneshortleg
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6:16pm Tue 17 Jul 12

Skyrah says...

Hope the poor young man and the bus driver are both ok.

I wonder if the accident could be down to confusion by the young man of what is and what is not part of the pedestrian precinct? Every time I go into Bournemouth, at least one person walks out in front of me, especially bad by HSBC, Austin Reed and the one-way road opposite KFC in the triangle.

Could the council mark the area’s where road meets pedestrian areas a little clearer perhaps?
Hope the poor young man and the bus driver are both ok. I wonder if the accident could be down to confusion by the young man of what is and what is not part of the pedestrian precinct? Every time I go into Bournemouth, at least one person walks out in front of me, especially bad by HSBC, Austin Reed and the one-way road opposite KFC in the triangle. Could the council mark the area’s where road meets pedestrian areas a little clearer perhaps? Skyrah
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6:18pm Tue 17 Jul 12

username is already in use says...

"red and blue Bus" LOL, more top journo skills here today, pretty obvious its a Wilts and Dorset (More Busse's) bus.
"red and blue Bus" LOL, more top journo skills here today, pretty obvious its a Wilts and Dorset (More Busse's) bus. username is already in use
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6:19pm Tue 17 Jul 12

Capricorn 1 says...

I wonder why he was taken to Southampton hospital.

I do hope that he gets better as soon as possible.
I wonder why he was taken to Southampton hospital. I do hope that he gets better as soon as possible. Capricorn 1
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6:29pm Tue 17 Jul 12

Blong1995 says...

Yes me and my friends was on this bus it was bad
Yes me and my friends was on this bus it was bad Blong1995
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6:48pm Tue 17 Jul 12

BournemouthConspiracy says...

Huh, what???? Rushed off some 30 miles away to a Southampton are you kidding me! Poole general is only but 10/15mins away.
Huh, what???? Rushed off some 30 miles away to a Southampton are you kidding me! Poole general is only but 10/15mins away. BournemouthConspiracy
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6:58pm Tue 17 Jul 12

winton50 says...

BournemouthConspirac
y
wrote:
Huh, what???? Rushed off some 30 miles away to a Southampton are you kidding me! Poole general is only but 10/15mins away.
Hmmm I wonder if the medics know more about it than you do?

Just a thought
[quote][p][bold]BournemouthConspirac y[/bold] wrote: Huh, what???? Rushed off some 30 miles away to a Southampton are you kidding me! Poole general is only but 10/15mins away.[/p][/quote]Hmmm I wonder if the medics know more about it than you do? Just a thought winton50
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7:56pm Tue 17 Jul 12

portia6 says...

Hope the young man recovers from
this alright!
Hope the young man recovers from this alright! portia6
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8:04pm Tue 17 Jul 12

spooki says...

I beleive Southampton is used for head injuries.
I almost had one of their buses in the back of my car earlier. I stopped to let someone into a junction with plenty of room behind me, then there was a squeal of breaks and an (overweight) idiot bus driver right up my tail.
Or perhaps I was driving my stealth Vauxhall again which other cars can't see? I seem to switch the invisibility on without knowing.
I beleive Southampton is used for head injuries. I almost had one of their buses in the back of my car earlier. I stopped to let someone into a junction with plenty of room behind me, then there was a squeal of breaks and an (overweight) idiot bus driver right up my tail. Or perhaps I was driving my stealth Vauxhall again which other cars can't see? I seem to switch the invisibility on without knowing. spooki
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8:10pm Tue 17 Jul 12

APOOLERESIDENT says...

Capricorn 1 wrote:
I wonder why he was taken to Southampton hospital.

I do hope that he gets better as soon as possible.
Southampton is a Neurlogical specialist, of course he would have gone to Poole or Bournemouth if it was less serious.
[quote][p][bold]Capricorn 1[/bold] wrote: I wonder why he was taken to Southampton hospital. I do hope that he gets better as soon as possible.[/p][/quote]Southampton is a Neurlogical specialist, of course he would have gone to Poole or Bournemouth if it was less serious. APOOLERESIDENT
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8:11pm Tue 17 Jul 12

APOOLERESIDENT says...

Blong1995 wrote:
Yes me and my friends was on this bus it was bad
Great English used here. NOT !!!
[quote][p][bold]Blong1995[/bold] wrote: Yes me and my friends was on this bus it was bad[/p][/quote]Great English used here. NOT !!! APOOLERESIDENT
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9:06pm Tue 17 Jul 12

Karlski says...

there are 2 crossings less than 50 yards away from where he got hit. I cross that road twice a day, every day and i've never been hit by a bus. students these days... need to look both ways.
there are 2 crossings less than 50 yards away from where he got hit. I cross that road twice a day, every day and i've never been hit by a bus. students these days... need to look both ways. Karlski
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9:38pm Tue 17 Jul 12

typ nowhere says...

Well it looks like a More bus from Wilts and Dorset but it cant be as, the journalist says the bus is registered to a Poole company, and Wilts and Dorset are registered in Newcastle.
Well it looks like a More bus from Wilts and Dorset but it cant be as, the journalist says the bus is registered to a Poole company, and Wilts and Dorset are registered in Newcastle. typ nowhere
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11:34pm Tue 17 Jul 12

Yankee1 says...

Capricorn 1 wrote:
I wonder why he was taken to Southampton hospital.

I do hope that he gets better as soon as possible.
Better trauma facilities. Also, better facilities for children/youths. If he needs rehab, that could happen at Bournemouth.
[quote][p][bold]Capricorn 1[/bold] wrote: I wonder why he was taken to Southampton hospital. I do hope that he gets better as soon as possible.[/p][/quote]Better trauma facilities. Also, better facilities for children/youths. If he needs rehab, that could happen at Bournemouth. Yankee1
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3:09am Wed 18 Jul 12

bwilliamson says...

People, this was a small accident that doesn't occur often. Someone got hit by a bus, thats it. There is no need to dissect the article and analyse every last word. Half of the comments on here are about what the bus company is... Who cares?
People, this was a small accident that doesn't occur often. Someone got hit by a bus, thats it. There is no need to dissect the article and analyse every last word. Half of the comments on here are about what the bus company is... Who cares? bwilliamson
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3:11am Wed 18 Jul 12

bwilliamson says...

BournemouthConspirac
y
wrote:
Huh, what???? Rushed off some 30 miles away to a Southampton are you kidding me! Poole general is only but 10/15mins away.
Well obviously his injuries were more serious! Southampton have departments that specialise in more serious accidents. Sherlock.
[quote][p][bold]BournemouthConspirac y[/bold] wrote: Huh, what???? Rushed off some 30 miles away to a Southampton are you kidding me! Poole general is only but 10/15mins away.[/p][/quote]Well obviously his injuries were more serious! Southampton have departments that specialise in more serious accidents. Sherlock. bwilliamson
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9:05am Wed 18 Jul 12

townmouse99 says...

Part of the problem in the Triangle is the people who don't use the pedestrian crossings but just dash out in front of traffic. I live in the area and see it happening many times a day. Most of these people don't even look before they step out in to the street, they just start walking and glare at traffic that comes too close.

Especially bad is the new Tesco store in the old Borders building. The street says "look both ways", but we find 99% of people take that to mean "zebra crossing, just walk across and all vehicles will instantly stop for you". What's frightening is the number of parents who will shove their baby carriage directly into the path of oncoming traffic without a second thought, wait for the car to skid to a stop, and then leisurely march across the road while talking nonstop on their mobile! That "crossing" is extremely dangerous and desperately needs a signal put in!
Part of the problem in the Triangle is the people who don't use the pedestrian crossings but just dash out in front of traffic. I live in the area and see it happening many times a day. Most of these people don't even look before they step out in to the street, they just start walking and glare at traffic that comes too close. Especially bad is the new Tesco store in the old Borders building. The street says "look both ways", but we find 99% of people take that to mean "zebra crossing, just walk across and all vehicles will instantly stop for you". What's frightening is the number of parents who will shove their baby carriage directly into the path of oncoming traffic without a second thought, wait for the car to skid to a stop, and then leisurely march across the road while talking nonstop on their mobile! That "crossing" is extremely dangerous and desperately needs a signal put in! townmouse99
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9:31am Wed 18 Jul 12

O'Reilly says...

winton50 wrote:
BournemouthConspirac

y
wrote:
Huh, what???? Rushed off some 30 miles away to a Southampton are you kidding me! Poole general is only but 10/15mins away.
Hmmm I wonder if the medics know more about it than you do?

Just a thought
Southampton have a top notch Neurological Dept; which is the probable reason.
[quote][p][bold]winton50[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BournemouthConspirac y[/bold] wrote: Huh, what???? Rushed off some 30 miles away to a Southampton are you kidding me! Poole general is only but 10/15mins away.[/p][/quote]Hmmm I wonder if the medics know more about it than you do? Just a thought[/p][/quote]Southampton have a top notch Neurological Dept; which is the probable reason. O'Reilly
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10:17am Wed 18 Jul 12

MJD says...

typ nowhere wrote:
Well it looks like a More bus from Wilts and Dorset but it cant be as, the journalist says the bus is registered to a Poole company, and Wilts and Dorset are registered in Newcastle.
Wilts And Dorset as a registered company is Towngate House Poole Dorset. There registered address is Newcastle. Look on the side of the new buses.
[quote][p][bold]typ nowhere[/bold] wrote: Well it looks like a More bus from Wilts and Dorset but it cant be as, the journalist says the bus is registered to a Poole company, and Wilts and Dorset are registered in Newcastle.[/p][/quote]Wilts And Dorset as a registered company is Towngate House Poole Dorset. There registered address is Newcastle. Look on the side of the new buses. MJD
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11:59am Wed 18 Jul 12

downmoor-ch says...

The first lesson of any foreign language school teaching English should be spent on them teaching thier students , the art of crossing the roads in Enland, and getting to the other side ALIVE!.
The first lesson of any foreign language school teaching English should be spent on them teaching thier students , the art of crossing the roads in Enland, and getting to the other side ALIVE!. downmoor-ch
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12:38pm Wed 18 Jul 12

roberte says...

downmoor-ch wrote:
The first lesson of any foreign language school teaching English should be spent on them teaching thier students , the art of crossing the roads in Enland, and getting to the other side ALIVE!.
The second lesson should be to learn how to spell their and England correctly
[quote][p][bold]downmoor-ch[/bold] wrote: The first lesson of any foreign language school teaching English should be spent on them teaching thier students , the art of crossing the roads in Enland, and getting to the other side ALIVE!.[/p][/quote]The second lesson should be to learn how to spell their and England correctly roberte
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1:07pm Wed 18 Jul 12

spooki says...

Karlski wrote:
there are 2 crossings less than 50 yards away from where he got hit. I cross that road twice a day, every day and i've never been hit by a bus. students these days... need to look both ways.
You're right, the students that fill up our coffee shops and roads this time of year just wander about in huge groups and expect traffic to go around them. Do they not have roads and pavements where they come from?
I have sympathy for the poor boy who was hit and hope he recovers well, but IF that was the case, the language schools should teach the students basic British ways, even if that does include how to use a bank machine, how to sit on the seat NEXT to their friend on the bus and not shout to each other over the top of everyone else, how to recognise a road from a pathway and how to cross a road (without being hit by a bus). I'm not even going to start on queuing.
[quote][p][bold]Karlski[/bold] wrote: there are 2 crossings less than 50 yards away from where he got hit. I cross that road twice a day, every day and i've never been hit by a bus. students these days... need to look both ways.[/p][/quote]You're right, the students that fill up our coffee shops and roads this time of year just wander about in huge groups and expect traffic to go around them. Do they not have roads and pavements where they come from? I have sympathy for the poor boy who was hit and hope he recovers well, but IF that was the case, the language schools should teach the students basic British ways, even if that does include how to use a bank machine, how to sit on the seat NEXT to their friend on the bus and not shout to each other over the top of everyone else, how to recognise a road from a pathway and how to cross a road (without being hit by a bus). I'm not even going to start on queuing. spooki
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1:10pm Wed 18 Jul 12

spooki says...

townmouse99 wrote:
Part of the problem in the Triangle is the people who don't use the pedestrian crossings but just dash out in front of traffic. I live in the area and see it happening many times a day. Most of these people don't even look before they step out in to the street, they just start walking and glare at traffic that comes too close.

Especially bad is the new Tesco store in the old Borders building. The street says "look both ways", but we find 99% of people take that to mean "zebra crossing, just walk across and all vehicles will instantly stop for you". What's frightening is the number of parents who will shove their baby carriage directly into the path of oncoming traffic without a second thought, wait for the car to skid to a stop, and then leisurely march across the road while talking nonstop on their mobile! That "crossing" is extremely dangerous and desperately needs a signal put in!
I don't understand these 'crossing points'. They certainly weren't in the Highway Code book when I passed my driving test (two yrs ago). That one opp Tesco really needs resurfacing too so the idiots that just step off the pavement onto it don't fall A over T in front of a car (mine).
[quote][p][bold]townmouse99[/bold] wrote: Part of the problem in the Triangle is the people who don't use the pedestrian crossings but just dash out in front of traffic. I live in the area and see it happening many times a day. Most of these people don't even look before they step out in to the street, they just start walking and glare at traffic that comes too close. Especially bad is the new Tesco store in the old Borders building. The street says "look both ways", but we find 99% of people take that to mean "zebra crossing, just walk across and all vehicles will instantly stop for you". What's frightening is the number of parents who will shove their baby carriage directly into the path of oncoming traffic without a second thought, wait for the car to skid to a stop, and then leisurely march across the road while talking nonstop on their mobile! That "crossing" is extremely dangerous and desperately needs a signal put in![/p][/quote]I don't understand these 'crossing points'. They certainly weren't in the Highway Code book when I passed my driving test (two yrs ago). That one opp Tesco really needs resurfacing too so the idiots that just step off the pavement onto it don't fall A over T in front of a car (mine). spooki
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2:15pm Wed 18 Jul 12

nonnisrevenge says...

I'm a sad old traditionalist, I always use the pedestrian crossings or zebra’s, hands up! That’s just the way I am.
I'm a sad old traditionalist, I always use the pedestrian crossings or zebra’s, hands up! That’s just the way I am. nonnisrevenge
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2:43pm Wed 18 Jul 12

hamworthygirl says...

Firstly I hope the young man is ok and im sure the bus driver was shaken up also. Secondly it makes no odds what bus it was the point is a person was hurt!! Sadly people dont use crossing all the time, Ive seen people cross busy roads when there is a crossing a few yards away. However even when you use crossing ( as commented above) of any kind it always pays to check the traffic as not all car driver/cyclist obey the rules of the road. As a child I was hit by a car, my fault, its a thing that has stayed with me so im always very careful, and the traffic is a lot busier these days.
Firstly I hope the young man is ok and im sure the bus driver was shaken up also. Secondly it makes no odds what bus it was the point is a person was hurt!! Sadly people dont use crossing all the time, Ive seen people cross busy roads when there is a crossing a few yards away. However even when you use crossing ( as commented above) of any kind it always pays to check the traffic as not all car driver/cyclist obey the rules of the road. As a child I was hit by a car, my fault, its a thing that has stayed with me so im always very careful, and the traffic is a lot busier these days. hamworthygirl
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7:39pm Wed 18 Jul 12

KLH says...

I live in the area and it is dodgy up there. Several crossings in one place with traffic coming from several directions.

While people are moaning about people not using crossings, what about where all the buses are in the Square. You want to go from Smith's to get a bus to Poole? Dodge buses. Roll on the new bus station if we get one!
I live in the area and it is dodgy up there. Several crossings in one place with traffic coming from several directions. While people are moaning about people not using crossings, what about where all the buses are in the Square. You want to go from Smith's to get a bus to Poole? Dodge buses. Roll on the new bus station if we get one! KLH
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9:44am Thu 19 Jul 12

PooleParky says...

downmoor-ch wrote:
The first lesson of any foreign language school teaching English should be spent on them teaching thier students , the art of crossing the roads in Enland, and getting to the other side ALIVE!.
Yeah, have to agree with that... I get off the bus every day near St. Michael's Roundabout where the EFL school is and it scares me to watch them pile off the bus then in a big group seemingly randomly launch themselves across the road!
[quote][p][bold]downmoor-ch[/bold] wrote: The first lesson of any foreign language school teaching English should be spent on them teaching thier students , the art of crossing the roads in Enland, and getting to the other side ALIVE!.[/p][/quote]Yeah, have to agree with that... I get off the bus every day near St. Michael's Roundabout where the EFL school is and it scares me to watch them pile off the bus then in a big group seemingly randomly launch themselves across the road! PooleParky
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4:17pm Thu 19 Jul 12

JASkinner says...

APOOLERESIDENT wrote:
Blong1995 wrote:
Yes me and my friends was on this bus it was bad
Great English used here. NOT !!!
Perhaps English is not their first language, therefore it would make sense that their English is poor. Just a thought!
[quote][p][bold]APOOLERESIDENT[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Blong1995[/bold] wrote: Yes me and my friends was on this bus it was bad[/p][/quote]Great English used here. NOT !!![/p][/quote]Perhaps English is not their first language, therefore it would make sense that their English is poor. Just a thought! JASkinner
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