First Bus full statement on Portchester bus crash

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This is the full statement made by First Bus Hampshire and Dorset about the accident in which a bus hit the railway bridge at Portchester.

‘We can confirm that there has been an incident this morning whereby one of our vehicles has been in collision with Portchester Bridge.

‘The exact circumstances of this morning’s collision are as yet unclear but they are being thoroughly investigated: the appropriate action will be taken as a result.

‘Thankfully the vehicle was not in service at the time of the incident, so while the bus has been badly damaged there were no recorded injuries as a result of the collision.”

‘Knowing that there will inevitably be questions about the fact that there was a seemingly similar incident in the same place last year, we have the following to add to the above

‘We are as concerned by this incident as we suspect other local people will be. The exact cause of it is being investigated and the appropriate action will be taken as a result. It is too early to speculate as to what the outcome of the investigation will be.

‘In relation to the previous incident, the cause of that was determined to be human error and the appropriate action was taken as a result.

‘As a company we take the safety of our staff, customers and other road users extremely seriously. Incidents such as this are rare and it is unusual for two similar incidents to happen in the same place. The cause of today’s collision is being thoroughly investigated.’