- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A British pedestrian named Simon Smith is making national headlines for somehow managing to walk away from a gruesome collision with a double-decker bus.

Surveillance video in Berkshire captured the moment on Saturday when a Reading Buses vehicle careened into an unsuspecting pedestrian. The man, whose body cracked the bus windshield, dusted himself off and walked into the Purple Turtle bar.

We’ve known Simon for about 20 years,” bar owner Stuart McNaught told The Telegraph on Tuesday. “He went to hospital. He’s OK. He’s a bit frail today. He’s not feeling the best. He went to hospital the paramedics who called the ambulance took him. He’s bruised and shocked, I think. It’s absolutely crazy.”

Mr. Smith later told BBC South that he was “lucky to be alive.”

“We can assure the public that all our drivers are incredibly professional and trained to the highest standard,” Reading Buses said in a statement. “Our buses receive regular checks by our award-winning engineering department. We send our regrets to those affected, especially the pedestrian injured in the street and hope that he is recovering from his injuries.”

An investigation into the accident is ongoing, The Telegraph reported.

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