Bus crashes into house

Severe damage was caused to the homeowners vehicle. Picture: PETER MICHAELS

A Golden Arrow bus ploughed into a home in Hangberg this week, causing a pillar to collapse on the owner’s dog.

One of its paws had to be amputated as a result.

There is speculation the brakes failed on the bus as it entered Karbonkel Road from Bayview Road at about 9am on Tuesday October 24.

There were no passengers on board.

Homeowner Florence Clarke was not at home at the time of the accident, but hurried to the scene on hearing what had happened. “The bus had gone through my fence. It smashed into the back of my car, which was badly damaged. The bus hit one of the pillars, and cement fell onto my dog Blacky. His front paw was crushed, and it had to be amputated.”

Ms Clarke said she was “heartbroken”, but was glad no one had been injured. “I believe the bus driver was treated for shock at the clinic, before being taken away for treatment.”

Golden Arrow spokesperson Bronwen Dyke-Beyer said: “Golden Arrow can confirm an incident which occurred in Hout Bay on October 24. At this stage the cause of the incident is unknown but an investigation is under way. In the interim, the driver has been suspended as per company policy.”