Southern Vectis’ newly commissioned £180,000 Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 buses were only launched two weeks ago, however two out of the 10 have already been damaged following incidents in Wootton and Whitely Bank – both of which are being blamed on today’s weather.
A spokesperson for the Island’s bus company has confirmed that a Route 9 Newport to Ryde bus hit a hazardous branch near Butterfly World in Wootton with its wing mirror, which broke a side window. The company say the correct authorities have been informed and other bus drivers have been warned of the hazard. Thankfully, no one was hurt in the incident.
At around the same time, at Whitely Bank near Shanklin, a strong gust of wind on an exposed section of road forced the bus into a ditch resulting in damage to front and side of vehicle with several broken windows.
Island Echo understand there were two reported injuries, however both passengers declined medical attention. Police attended the scene, however the assistance of other emergency services were not required.
Both incidents will be investigated by an internal investigation with the assistance of the on board CCTV and telematics, according to Southern Vectis.
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