Falling bus panel narrowly misses passengers

EXPOSED wiring, a broken panel and a driver seemingly oblivious to it all - welcome to what patrons say is just ­another day on a Sydney bus.

In the latest embarrassing NSW transport blunder, a passenger has captured the moment after an interior panel came loose and fell onto a commuter's seat.

The photo sparked outrage online after it was uploaded to the social media site Reddit, with many ­people asking why the driver continued to pick up pas­sengers without fixing the hazard.

"It was like that when I boarded the bus, only a few stops from the start," the Reddit user who took the photo wrote. "No blood or corpses in sight, except maybe hoodie guy."

 

Close call: A passenger captured moments after an interior panel fell loose from a Sydney bus, exposing the wiring. Picture: Reddit/jpatokal
Close call: A passenger captured moments after an interior panel fell loose from a Sydney bus, exposing the wiring. Picture: Reddit/jpatokal

The user labelled the post: "Panel fell off the bus? She'll be right mate."

One person who posted a comment said: "We are looking at the peak of Sydney public transport. Right here, in this moment, will be ­written in the books for the rest of time."

Another was concerned the heavy panel may have ­injured a passenger.

"TransportNSW is so lucky this didn't hit someone. Or did it?"

It's understood the incident took place earlier this week.

A Transport for NSW spokesman said it was investigating the matter but took the safety of all public transport customers "extremely seriously".

"We expect all operators to have the safety of passengers as a top priority," he said. "Transport for NSW does not want any mode of public transport being used in service if there are any maintenance concerns."

He said the wiring on the bus was low voltage and posed no risk to passengers.

 

A Sydney bus driver was stood down after abusing Asian passengers. Picture: Supplied
A Sydney bus driver was stood down after abusing Asian passengers. Picture: Supplied

The latest incident comes after The Daily Telegraph revealed a series of problems on Sydney buses.

A driver was stood down without pay after being caught on video abusing Asian passengers for not speaking English and refusing to let them on the bus.

He yelled “speak English” and did not stop, claiming passengers didn’t press the buzzer, despite video showing them making multiple attempts. Picture: Supplied
He yelled “speak English” and did not stop, claiming passengers didn’t press the buzzer, despite video showing them making multiple attempts. Picture: Supplied

 

And a badly damaged Sydney bus continued to ferry dozens of passengers along a busy route from the inner west to the eastern suburbs for an entire day before being pulled off the road.

Photographs showed the M10 bus had been patched together with gaffer tape in a makeshift repair job following a collision on July 13.

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