Monday 27 January 2020

WATCH: Man walks away like nothing happened after being hit by bus

Danny Boyle

A man was knocked down by a bus - before miraculously getting up and walking into a pub.

Simon Smith said he is lucky to be alive after being struck by the double-decker as he crossed the road in Reading.

CCTV footage shows him being knocked off his feet from behind and thrown around 20ft by the bus that mounted the pavement.

Incredibly, Mr Smith walked away with only minor injuries. Seconds after the crash, he is seen standing up unaided, dusting himself down - and walking into the entrance of a bar.

Reading Buses told the BBC it is investigating the "awful incident", at about 9.10am on Saturday.

Mr Smith was crossing Gun Street when he was knocked down by the Number 17 bus that had veered onto the pavement.

After behind thrown through the air, he landed outside The Purple Turtle Bar.

CCTV footage from the venue shows Mr Smith standing up, apparently having suffered little injury.

He walks into the entrance of the bar before the bus driver and passers by stop to speak to him. The bar is not believed to have been open at the time.

The impact of the crash even smashed the windscreen of the bus. No arrests have been made.

According to the BBC, Mr Smith suffered only minor injuries and said he feels "lucky to be alive".

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