Wedged buses cause five-hour traffic chaos in town
Two double-decker buses became wedged together for almost five hours in a narrow street, making a town virtually a no-through zone.
The Coastlinx and First Group buses became stuck when trying to pass each-other in Church Street, the main road running through Lyme Regis, around 9am yesterday.
Trouble seemed at an end when one of the buses was physically lifted out of its sticky situation. But further delays were caused when it was discovered the other vehicle had a flat battery.
One business owner and resident on Church Street, who did not wish to be named, said: "It was a tricky situation, but it's not a new problem. You learn to live with the reality of buses passing each other in the narrowest possible places.
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"Luckily, everything was amicable and good humoured, but in the past things have got quite heated.
"Incidents are happening practically all the time, but nothing changes."
He added: "We have to strike a careful balance between making a fuss about the situation and wanting to sell our house in the future."
It is understood an elderly man was injured in the street by a vehicle driving on the pavement last summer.
They added:"Will it take a fatality before something is done? Why don't bus drivers have walkie-talkies to alleviate the problem? That would be a simple solution."