Bus driver’s gratitude after residents dig out stranded bus

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A BUS driver from Sheffield has issued a personal thank you to residents in Meersbrook who helped dig his stuck vehicle out of the snow - and even made him a steaming mug of tea.

Paul Gbel, aged 38, was driving a dozen passengers on the number 17 from the city centre when he encountered a school coach stuck in snow on Carfield Avenue at 8am yesterday.

“I couldn’t go anywhere because the coach couldn’t go anywhere, and there was snow and ice on the road,” said Paul.

“But then all the locals came out from their houses with their own shovels, and together we emptied the grit bins and dug at the snow and ice, and we managed to clear the road.

“About 10 or 12 people from the street got stuck in, and two or three ladies brought out trays of tea and coffee for me and the coach driver and for the people who were digging.

“Between us we managed to get ourselves turned around and away in about two hours - and with all our efforts the road was quite usable afterwards as well.”

Paul, from Parson Cross, who has been driving for First since December, said: “I want to say a personal thank you to all those people. It just shows there is a great community spirit in the area.”