Bus Going Down

Russian bus accident

Crazy story happened in the Russian city of Perm a few days ago: a city bus lost control of its brakes at the top of a hill and careened down a busy street smashing cars, kiosks and generally wreaking a path of destruction.

Fortunately (for us) a street camera caught some of it on tape.  Check out the video to see what happens when bus meets pedestrian. Does he live?? Watch and see.

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21 thoughts on “Bus Going Down”

    • No-one dead, but some hospitalized with injuries. The reason was not the brakes failure, but the automatic gearbox malfunctioning – the driver couldn’t either lower the gear, nor switch off the engine, nor use the brakes effectively. The driver was sober, sane and not bombed, the bus has passed the usual maintenance checkup that morning. I’m from Perm itself.

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  1. Useless Russians! Buying olde discarded German buses which no more made it through inspection there (see sign at the bus on one of the pics reading “…hausplatz”)
    And then that! Owner of bus will have some probs. Usually private buses there and not owned by town…

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    • Not quite.
      1. Russians start picking up on making their own buses(rip-offs, of course) and i know what’s scarier.
      2. Maybe it’s human factor. Being a driver in the city isn’t a pleasant work so some countrymen go to the city every morning, take the driver’s seat and work out a change so long you wouldn’t believe. Sleeping and driving is reality.
      3. Driver will be fired and get a court sentence, actual owner might get insurance

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  2. Man, if that wasn’t the closest shave you’ve ever seen then I don’t know what is! (talking about the guy running for his life).
    And wouldn’t it be possible to break the bus with engine – shift gears down and then use the handbrake?

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  3. Well, I am happy to see the Porsche Cayenne wrecked as the accident actually improved the way it looks. However, the wrecked Ladas make me sad. Such pretty little cars ruined by a poorly maintained bus…:(

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  4. Actually it wasn’t only breaks problem. This accident happened because his accelerator pad stucked. Powerfull diesel engine with automatic transmission and the breaks became useless

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