A tour bus parked near the Eiffel Tower rolled down a slope and ended up in Paris’ Seine River on Thursday. The bus, which was parked in a car park, rolled backwards along the promenade and mounted the curb before falling into the river.
Le Figaro reports the bus was transporting Austrian tourists, but no one was aboard at the time of the accident. And it’s believed the bus driver had forgotten to put the hand brake on.
Witness Michael Ambrosia captured the aftermath of the incident on camera, and recalled his shock at seeing the bus fall into the river. “I heard a noise and we saw this bus jumping the curb right here,” he said in a video posted on CNN (see it below.)
“The bus was parked right there and all of a sudden I could hear a noise and saw the bus jumping the curb right here and it went right down there to the river. That was the most bizarre thing I’ve seen,” he added.
Within 15 minutes fire crews and divers had arrived and begun working to salvage the wreckage from the river. With the assistance of dozens of people, the bus was finally pulled back to dry land as hundreds of tourists and locals watched on. [via DailyMail (UK) and Le Figaro]