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The day a bus jumped Tower Bridge

8th January 2016 • Tower Bridge Blog

The day a bus jumped Tower Bridge

The festivities weren’t the only thing we remembered in December. Last week was the anniversary of one of our favourite events at Tower Bridge.

On the 30th December 1952, Albert Gunter was happily going about his day job, driving the number 78 bus over Tower Bridge towards London’s Shoreditch when, to his utter surprise, the road in front of him seemed to drop away. He quickly realised that the bridge was opening and his bus was on a rising bascule!

Albert slammed his foot down on the accelerator and managed to jump the bridge and successfully reached the other side, getting all his passengers across safely. As a precaution, everyone on board was taken to hospital but, thankfully, there was only one person badly injured: the bus conductor, who broke his leg.

For this act of bravery and quick thinking, Albert was awarded a day off work and a reward of £10.

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