Near Miss After Wheel Flies Off A Coach

Police are investigating after a wheel flew off a coach as it drove along a road in Weymouth.

At around 2.30pm on Wednesday, 22 September 2010, a coach was heading along Buxton Road, towards Foords Corner, when a wheel detached from the moving vehicle and narrowly missed a nearby pedestrian.

The wheel rolled across the road – causing a red car to take avoiding action – and struck a wall near the Carrington Close junction, before rolling back across the road and finally coming to a stop opposite the Belfield Park Avenue junction, 150 metres away.

No-one was injured as a result of the white Volvo coach, registered to a Weymouth company, losing its wheel.

Sergeant Dave Stroud, of Dorset Police’s traffic unit, said:

“This was an unusual incident that could have resulted in a far worse outcome. It is important that I find out exactly how the coach wheel came loose.

“I am appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact me urgently.

“In particular, I would like to speak with the driver of the small red car that took avoiding action as a result of the wayward wheel.

“This motorist was heading in the direction of Weymouth centre.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should contact Dorset Police in confidence on 01305 222 222 or the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

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