A PASSENGER has praised the actions of an “heroic” bus driver who brought a coach to a safe stop when it was involved in a motorway crash.
Retired Sid Myers, from Staddiscombe, was travelling on the National Express service from London to Plymouth yesterday evening when the crash happened.
The bus, operated by Roselyn Coaches, collided with a car on the M4 westbound, around 11 miles past Bristol.
Mr Myers said: “We left Victoria at around 4pm, I was sat on the back of the coach in the centre.
“We were well into the journey so everyone was quite dozy or gazing out the window.
“We were in the central lane and there was a sudden bang to the front of the coach.
“The coach went off to the left, then righted itself and went back to the centre.
“We seemed to swerve across all three lanes at this point.
“The driver was fighting like mad and he did a fantastic job to control the vehicle - the bus felt like it was going to tip at one point.”
The bus came to a stop on the hard shoulder, but a car was jammed between the coach and a crash barrier.
Mr Myers said: “The driver was very shaken up, apparently the car had changed lanes and hit the front of the bus.
“Shaken passengers were taken off and stood for a short while at the side.
“Police and ambulance soon arrived and passengers got back on the stationary coach for an hour and a half until another vehicle arrived.
“We were taken to Exeter and then onto yet another coach, arriving in Plymouth two and a half hours late.
“But thankfully there were no injuries, apart from shock.”
Mr Myers commended the quick-thinking of the bus driver who brought the coach to a safe stop.
Mr Myers added: “The Roselyn driver did a truly superb job at controlling the coach, which at the time of the incident was probably travelling at around 60mph.
“It was a great piece of driving and an excellent example of cool headedness.
“He did an heroic job and prevented a lot of injuries by what he did - he saved us from a far worse outcome.”
A spokesperson from Avon and Somerset Police said: “We got a call at 6.57pm about the incident on the M4 westbound, between junctions 19 and 20.
“There was a collision between a car and a coach. The coach was travelling from London to Plymouth and was around 11 miles past Bristol when the incident happened.
“The coach and car came to a stop on the hard shoulder and we managed to keep the motorway running while another coach was arranged.
“The scene was cleared by 8.45pm.”
A National Express spokesperson said: "We can confirm one of our coaches was involved in an incident with a car on the M4 yesterday evening (December 8).
"No-one was injured onboard the coach and passengers were transferred onto a replacement vehicle where they carried on with their journey.
"We will continue to assist the emergency services with any investigation they may have into this matter."