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Last Updated:  Thursday, 13 March, 2003, 11:37 GMT
Lost bus driver's bridge crash
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Two passengers were asked to navigate with an A-Z
A bus driver crashed his double-decker into a bridge after asking two teenage passengers for directions.

The 14-year-old girls were navigating from an A-Z after the driver got lost en-route to Dudley.

The bus crashed into a railway bridge on Victoria Road in Tipton.

Phil Bateman, a spokesman for bus company Travel West Midlands, said thankfully no one was seriously hurt, but the driver has been suspended.

'They were navigating'

Twenty firefighters were called to the scene on Tuesday night to remove the bus from under the bridge.

A fire service spokesman said the bridge was 13ft high, and the bus needed clearance height of 14ft 6ins.

"It seems the driver was new to the area and had got lost," he said.

"There were only two girls on the bus so he called them downstairs from where they had been sitting on the top deck, and they were navigating from an A-Z."





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