A SHAKEN couple from Chichester have spoken of a their fright after an oil filter flew off the back of a bus narrowly missing the pair’s car.
Penny Whitehead and her husband were driving along the A286 near Lavant last week when a piece of the bus came hurtling towards them.
“It was like a hugely heavy, bouncing missile,” said Penny.
“It hit another car and bounced off it.
“Our car was not damaged but the other person’s car had a piece broken off the radiator grill, which flew off into our pathway.
“The filter was on a high bounce as it came directly to our car but very fortunately it went under the car as it hit us – if it had been on the upward bounce, it was likely to have gone straight through our windscreen. It’s pretty heavy.
“We think it was very lucky that it was a sturdy Volvo estate and it seemed to stand up to the battering as the filter bounced and clattered under the car.”
The item, which the couple have kept, is believed to be a fuel filter from a double-decker Stagecoach bus.
“I think we were all extremely lucky that things were not worse.
“It could have killed someone. It was very frightening. The other car owner looked very shaken up.”
Penny said she wanted to ensure this didn’t happen to any other motorists.
“We just want to make sure that the company keep their buses safe.”
The bus stopped in Lavant as a result of the incident.
Andrew Dyer, managing director of Stagecoach south, said: “The incident involved an oil filter from one of the auxiliary systems on the bus. It had become detached from the bus.
“We do have a very stringent maintenance regime.
“All our buses have safety checks every three weeks.
“We will be conducting a full technical investigation, which we are taking extremely seriously.
“We are pleased there was no personal injury.