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Runaway bus crashes on busy Nicosia street, no injuries (updated)

A runaway bus crashed into several vehicles on Thursday morning in a busy Nicosia street, but no one was injured.

The incident took place at around 10am on Diagorou Avenue after the driver parked the bus and got off.

Under conditions that are under investigation, the bus rolled forward, crashed into several bollards on the pavement and subsequently ploughed into two motorcycles and two cars parked in the area.

Police were investigating the incident, which appears to be similar to an incident in July in which the 52-year-old driver of the bus was killed.

The father of three died after his vehicle, which he had just parked at the terminal in Engomi, rolled forward and crushed him.

That was one of three incidents involving the new buses operated by the company that won the public transport concession for Nicosia.

The incidents prompted the government to carry out a thorough inspection of the fleet, giving it the all clear.

The company said at the time that it had conducted several training seminars for its drivers, including the use of the parking brake.

The incident gave the opportunity to the previous public transport companies to criticise the ministry.

In a statement, the companies said it was not a coincidence and the transport ministry had no excuse whatsoever not to take immediate measures against CPT.

“We are once more revisiting the repeated accidents involving the shinny new age buses,” the companies said, adding that out of pure luck there were no casualties in Thursday’s incident.

“The criminal indifference exhibited by the road transport department of the transport ministry is incomprehensible.”

The companies said they had expressed their concerns over the drivers’ training on the new buses after the fatal accident but also the vehicles’ “quality and reliability.”

“A serious ministry with a sense of responsibility towards this country’s citizens would have immobilised the entire much-publicised fleet pending a thorough investigation and evaluation.”

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