Copesville family survive freak accident as bus runs amok

2014-05-09 00:00

A COPESVILLE family survived a freak accident in which a runaway bus careered into their yard.

The casualty of the crash was a car parked in their yard belonging to a customer who had brought it to them for spray painting — however, it helped stop the bus from damaging their house or possibly injuring them.

The Diahatsu Charade was badly damaged in the crash.

The driver of a Kalamazoo bus that was parked in Triumph Street in Copesville on Wednesday was believed to be trying to jump-start the bus when it lurched backwards towards the home of Anil and Shareetha Ramlatchman.

Shareetha told The Witness that they were seated in the dining room for supper when they heard a loud noise.

“I jumped up and went to the window to see what was happening. As I was standing there I could see a bus reversing into our yard. As I screamed, it crashed into the car that was here for spray painting,” said Shareetha.

She said she was thinking about the safety of her family when the bus pushed the car into the wall of their house.

“Although our customer’s car was destroyed, we were lucky it did not destroy our house and that no one was injured,” said Shareetha, adding, “The meter box next to where the crash happened was sparking, and we now don’t have electricity or water in the house as a result of the accident.”

Kalamazoo manager Bhekani Maphumulo could not be reached for comment yesterday.

The Ramlatchmans declined to give The Witness the details of the owner of the car that was crushed.

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