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WMT Fodens 105 and 103 rescuing Leyland National bus 1469 in Wolverhampton in August 1993 | by Lady Wulfrun
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WMT Fodens 105 and 103 rescuing Leyland National bus 1469 in Wolverhampton in August 1993

Foden recovery vehicles 103 and 105 being used in an attempt to rescue Park Lane Garage based 'National' 1469, after it crashed through the wall of the railway bridge on the Wednesfield Road, Wolverhampton in August 1993. All passengers and one terrified driver were gingerly rescued by the fire service. It's thought that the driver accidentally stamped on the accelerator thinking that it was the brake, losing control of the bus?

 

The recovery attempt using the Fodens was quickly abandoned, when it was feared the bus would tip and fall onto the railway bed below. The problem was that the securing cables were lifting the back of the bus as the Fodens tried to winch the vehicle clear. A heavy duty crane had to be brought in on the night to eventually lift the hapless bus to safety. The road wasn't opened again until the following day.

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Taken on August 1, 1993