Russell Square bus crash: Roof ripped off London bus after it hits a tree in the capital – Home News – UK – The Independent

3 Aug

Russell Square bus crash: Roof ripped off London bus after it hits a tree in the capital – Home News – UK – The Independent.

looks like it hit a branch of the tree, the force strong enough to break the branch, quite a thick branch too, and that ripped off the partial roof. these sight seeing buses only have the front part of the top storey covered.

around where i live, the trees slant into the road, and can give a knock to the bus if it goes too close to the kerb.

i suppose the summer growth each year has gradually cause the branch to grow into the way of the buses or get so laden with extra branches that it bends lower; and it is so gradual, the tree pruners dont notice it.

i think that is the price we pay for having trees line the streets. they are very nice but they do need a lot of maintainance, and can lead to hazards like this. not to mention every year their leaves fall, and u have to spend money gathering them, and every other year u have to prune the branches. fortunately these trees dont break their branches and fall down from old age, unlike the rain trees that used to line roads in malaysia and that provide such welcome shade. when they grow old, they have a tendency to crack and large branches plummet to the ground especially during the wild storms that happen in the monsoon season.

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3 Responses to “Russell Square bus crash: Roof ripped off London bus after it hits a tree in the capital – Home News – UK – The Independent”

  1. Garfield Hug Tuesday August 4, 2015 at 3:32 pm #

    Isn’t there tree pruning? Singapore has learnt over the years that the branches may give way during a storm or monsoon squall. Also as trees age, we have tree surveyors and doctors to check on health of trees. Hopefully UK can put this in place as it is ghastly to have tree rip off roof of bus. Scary. Please do not sit on upper deck then.

    • alifesgayventure Tuesday August 4, 2015 at 3:35 pm #

      the trees are regularly pruned, though this is done after the leaves fall off in autumn. this one appears to be a large branch that normally is above the bus roof level, but i think over the years it sprouted more branches and gather more weight so it starts to hang lower and lower. that is why it was not noticed, as during winter, without the leaves it will lie higher up.

      • Garfield Hug Tuesday August 4, 2015 at 3:38 pm #

        Good that it is pruned too 🙂 please take care.

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