OAP struck by bus on crossing in Sheffield

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A pensioner ended up under a bus in Sheffield after he was struck on a pedestrian crossing in Sheffield.

The 81-year-old was attempting to cross Barnsley Road, Sheffield Lane Top, when he was struck by a Stagecoach double decker as it pulled away from a bus stop.

His legs and pelvis ended up under the front of the bus, with initial fears that he was crushed underneath, but when firefighters arrived they established that he was not trapped.

They asked the driver to lift the air suspension system up, which is used to alter the height of the bus to allow disabled access, and the bus then reversed to free the OAP underneath.

Crew manager Mick Riddiough said: “When we arrived we could see his legs and pelvis under the bus and we feared the worst - a member of the public was with him and supporting his head.

“It was obvious there had been an impact with the bus and he had head and facial injuries but fortunately it only took a matter of seconds for the bus to be moved and he was taken to hospital.”

An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the collision at 5.35pm on Tuesday is under way.

A South Yorkshire Police spokeswoman said: “It is reported that a double decker bus was travelling along Barnsley Road towards the city when it pulled into the lay-by bus stop outside the convenience store near to the junction of Hartley Brook Road.

“As it pulled away from the bus stop, the bus was in collision with an 81-year-old male pedestrian.”