Video: Bus slams into Englishman, who gets up and carries on
Simon Smith crossing a street in Reading, England shortly after 9 am, Saturday morning and walked down the sidewalk when a double-decker bus was turn a corner heading to his address.
As Smith turned his head, the purple bus dropped into him, hitting him several yards, closed-circuit television programs. The bus crashed into a window, sending the debris flying through the air. His windshield was broken at the time of impact.
But immediately after falling on the sidewalk, Smith – wearing a faded blue jeans and a black vest – seemed to rise, brush and quietly enter the entrance of a popular pub in the city, the purple turtle, meters away. Somehow, Smith survived the crash without major injuries – just a few scratches and bruises, the BBC reported.
Many of those who watched the dramatic images of the bus crash that circulated on social media and the British media on Tuesday interpreted it as the ultimate symbol of British indifference and resilience.
“A good example of staying calm and moving on!” Said a person on Facebook. Some compared it to the image of the British man who missed a pint of beer while fleeing the area of the terrorist attack on the London Bridge June 3 to become a makeshift hero for the Brits this week – end.
“Terrorist attack, the man who runs with a pint,” one person said on Twitter. “Another hit by a bus, he got up in a pub. British beer love more than life.”
“This guy woke up and went into the bar, as if nothing had happened! What a legend!”
A closer look at the pictures shows that Smith did not enter the pub directly after the accident – he sat down at his entrance. The purple turtle is usually not open in the early morning, according to its website.
Relatives rushed to check, medical staff was quickly called to the scene, and an ambulance moved him to a hospital, the BBC reported. Smith was released later. Thames Valley police said no arrests were made in the accident.
Smith told BBC South Today he felt “lucky to be alive.” However, not everything was quite right. Smith would have been severely shaken and painful at the end of the day.
The bus company, reading buses, issued a statement saying it was “obviously shocked by the incident and the very graphic images that were shared a number of times,” ITV said. He sent to his regret for the man and best wishes for a speedy recovery.
“Fortunately, the pedestrian has no major injuries and there were no serious injuries to passengers on the bus,” the statement said. “The incident is the subject of ongoing internal investigation and a police investigation.”
In an interview with ITV, co-owner of Turtle Purple, Danny Fraifeld, said that Smith was working for the pub. He was a long time customer before starting to work as a waiter, “a true loyal member of staff.” Smith is apparently a truck driver in the 1940s and early 1950s, he told ITV.
When he was crossing the street Saturday afternoon, he had to go to a bank and was back in his car, ITV reported.
“It’s absolutely amazing,” Fraifeld told the BBC. “I can not believe that Simon had risen, was touched and turned away from him. It is a miracle that he is alive.”