Man Hit By Bus Says Police And Paramedics Didn't Believe Him
You've most probably seen the clip of the guy being hit by a bus, miraculously standing up, and walking away almost as if it didn't happen.
It has likely been shown out of context, with one of many captions accompanying it to make it more humorous than shocking. Don't let this deter you from the facts - a man got smashed by a bus.
The bald-headed bloke can be seen on CCTV, walking down Gun Street in Reading, when a double-decker appears around the corner at speed.
Simon Smith was then clouted by the large purple vehicle which had veered off the road and onto the pavement.
Despite this potentially being a fatal accident, Smith got up, brushed himself off and walked into his local, the Purple Turtle bar.
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According to the BBC, Mr Smith only suffered minor injuries and said he feels 'lucky' to be alive.
However, when he went to hospital, police and paramedics didn't quite believe his tale.
"I hadn't lost consciousness so I knew what had happened. But the police and paramedics didn't believe me," he told The Sun. "Originally, they were all in agreement because if I had been hit by the bus, I wouldn't be here.
"I said, 'I'm sure the bus hit me' and they kept saying, 'No you were hit by debris'.
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"An officer then saw the CCTV at the pub and came back and said, 'I'm really sorry you were right'."
On the contrary to what many believe, Smith didn't actually go for a pint after being knocked down by the bus. But he did go for one straight after he was discharged from hospital.
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In regards to the incident, no arrests have been made, although Reading Buses has said it is working closely with the police on the matter.
In a statement given to LADbible, the company said: "We are obviously shocked by the incident as well as the very graphic footage that has been shared a number of times. Thankfully, the pedestrian does not have any major injuries and there were no major injuries to passengers on the bus.
"The incident is the subject of an ongoing internal investigation as well as an investigation by the police with whom we are working and sharing footage from our on-board CCTV. So it would be inappropriate for us to comment or speculate on this until it has run its course.
"We can assure the public that all our drivers are incredibly professional and trained to the highest standard. Our buses receive regular checks by our award-winning engineering department.
"We send our regrets to those affected, especially the pedestrian injured in the street and hope that he is recovering from his injuries."
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