Imperial's serial bus crashing committee has struck again, with the RCC's Canoe Club bringing a crashed bus home this week. Rather bizarrely for an ICU minibus crash, another vehicle was involved - previous Union crashes have happened "all by themselves". This time the bus was struck from behind by a car.
The bus, dubbed "OTR", is the same one which was rammed into Sainsbury's car park within weeks of its purchase and has recently received the new ICU vinyl labels applied to the other minibuses. Following the great minibus cull due to London's Low Emission Zone, OTR is one of the oldest buses in the fleet at three years old.
The precise extent of the damage is unknown, however most of the panels down the right side of the vehicle appear twisted. The bus appears to have no functioning doors into the passenger area: this accident has damaged the rear doors, while the side door has apparently not shut correctly since the Sainsbury's crash. This reporter though the chassis of the bus looked decidedly "bent", however that assessment was made following yesterday's Live! bar night...
Ironically, this will be the second Health and Safety incident involving the Deputy President (Clubs & Societies) in a month - at the end of last year he was airlifted off a rock after becoming injured while on a canoeing trip. During this incident he was said to be "asleep" (no, he wasn't driving, just on the bus).