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Roof torn off going under a low bridge after driver forgot the height of his vehicle

A driver ripped the roof of a double decker bus by going under a low bridge, the driver stated that he forgot he was in a double decker bus.

The bridge is 3.8 metres tall and has visible warning signs, telling drivers that tall vehicle will not fit under it.

Metal and glass were sheared off the bus as it went under the low bridge close to a railway station. The accident happened in Langley, Berkshire just after the driver had dropped off some school children.

The driver finally came to a stand still 100 yards up the road after exiting the bridge. When the driver got out of the bus, he discovered the roof was lying on the ground under the bridge.

The said he had forgotten the size of the vehicle and had supposedly rang his employer to tell them the news of the incident.

A witness said that the driver usually uses a single decker bus and forgot he was in a taller vehicle.

The alarm was raised when drinkers at a near by pub saw the accident and dialled 999. Paramedics were also called to the scene and checked the driver over. Witnesses said that he wasn’t visibly injured but was clearly very shaken up by what had happened.

Luckily no one else was on board when the accident happened, and the road was shut for around three hours.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of drink driving.

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