GUILDFORD, England, July 8 (UPI) — A charter bus took a wrong turn in an English town and ended up wedged across the road in a 90-degree angle in a scene reminiscent of an infamous Austin Powers gag.
Residents of Guildford, England, said the bus was taking a load of schoolchildren to nearby Henley Fort just after 5 p.m. Thursday when it made a wrong turn onto Mountside instead of The Mount.
The bus reached the end of the cull-de-sac before the driver attempted the ill-fated three-point turn.
“That manoeuvre involved many more than three turns and resulted in the vehicle being at 90 degrees to the road with the rear embedded deeply into the front hedge of number 44 and with the nose touching the hedge of the opposite garden, locked solid,” witness James McColl told The Guildford Dragon newspaper.
Police were called to the scene by residents concerned about the damage the bus was doing to their hedges.
“We deal with some pretty strange things but the coach is definitely stuck #parkingissue” Surrey Police tweeted along with a picture of the wedged bus.
Witnesses said a pair of tow trucks were able to pull the bus until it was aligned the correct way about 6:30 p.m.
The scene evoked comparisons to a similar situation in the 1997 comedy Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.