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Runaway bus accelerates 'like a bullet' on London's streets and smashes into car

Dramatic CCTV footage reveals the terrifying moment a runaway bus accelerates out of control 'like a bullet' on London's busy streets and smashes into a car - seriously injuring three people.

CCTV SHOWING DRIVER'S VIEW

The video shows how driver Mohammed Khalique loses control of the double decker near Sloane Square and drives at dangerous speeds.

The bus eventually comes to a halt by smashing into a car, leaving three people seriously injured.

CCTV SHOWING VIEW OF DRIVER

The footage, filmed in September 2013, emerged as Mohammed Khalique was cleared of driving without due care and attention at Bexley Magistrates Court.

The Judge said it was unclear whether the fault with the bus has been caused by the driver or a computer.

  • The prosecution claimed the driver mixed up the accelerator and the brake
  • The defence claimed a computer system which controlled the brakes failed which left Khalique trying to control the bus
  • Mohammed Khalique denied the charge against him

Speaking to police Mohammed Khalique said:

As soon as I pull out bus is going like a bullet, it’s generating itself speed.

I thought I’m going to die that day.

– Mohammed Khalique

Khalique has spent more than a decade driving buses and was described in court as a cautious driver who was going "very slowly and steadily" before the crash.

Leon Daniels, TfL’s managing director of surface transport, said:

New Routemaster buses remain a safe and valued part of the capital’s transport infrastructure.

– Leon Daniels, TfL