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Passengers escaped unhurt after a hybrid bus went through a barrier

A NEW £300,000 double-decker hybrid bus left the road and crashed through a barrier along the A4 in Calcot today (Friday).

Nobody was hurt during the incident, which occurred at around 10.30am outside the Sainsbury's petrol station in Bath Road.

The vehicle hit a bollard, before mounting the kerb and ploughing through a barrier, according to police.

Thames Valley Police spokesman Andy Heath said: “We were called at 10.35am following reports of a bus crash outside Sainsbury's petrol station. Ambulance were called but there were no injuries to anyone present.”

James Freeman, chief executive of Reading Transport said: “There has been an incident involving a double-decker hybrid bus which has crashed through a barrier. We don't know what happened but we are happy to report nobody was injured.

“The vehicle is being recovered and a full investigation has already been launched to find out what happened,” he said.

Police and Highways Officers assisted the transport firm with the recovery of the vehicle.

The Government's Green Bus Fund funded about a third of the cost of each of the vehicles, which is the extra sum required to make them hybrid on top of the normal costs.

The bus was one of six new ADL 400 hybrids which came into service in December.

Pictures provided by Steven Smith, from Reading.

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