A RED-faced school bus driver is keeping his head down today after he took a wrong turn and jammed his double-decker on a narrow Sheffield street.
The driver had taken a bus-load of Tapton School pupils home and was on his way back to his depot when he tried to drive down one of the steepest hills in Sheffield.
Nearly five hours later, after police officers, firefighters and a recovery truck had visited the scene at Waller Road, Walkley, the bus was finally freed.
Brent Crawshaw, who lives on Waller Road with his wife Jayne and son Harry, said: “Despite much huffing and puffing, heavy revving of a large recovery truck and scratching of heads the bus was truly stuck.”
The driver, a new employee at the North Anston-based Bright Bus company, had apparently been misdirected.
Managing director Mick Strafford said: “The driver is extremely embarrassed. He had gone the wrong way and got stuck.
“There were no children on board and there was no damage.
“It’s just one of those things unfortunately. These are big buses and on some roads if there is a steep bend they bottom out.
“The driver made a mistake. He dropped a clanger and that was it, but he will have trouble living it down!
“But it wasn’t a big thing - there was nobody on board. He had dropped off his passengers and was running light.”
The road was completely blocked for between four and five hours on Tuesday.
Residents coming home from work had to find alternative routes through Walkley.