A Miami-Dade Transit bus driver tried to make a U-turn at a place where he had way too much B-U-S to negotiate the U.
So the double-length bus got stuck and blocked the MacArthur Causeway’s westbound lanes for about 20 minutes Thursday morning around 9:25.
No passengers were injured or delayed. Drivers leaving Miami Beach for the mainland and points west, on the other hand, remained at a standstill while Miami-Dade Transit workers helped free the bus from the spatial mistake.
Miami-Dade Transit spokeswoman said the driver on Route 120 sensed engine trouble. Another bus came to pick up the passengers.
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Then, more trouble. The arriving mechanic instructed the driver of the troubled bus to return to the garage. The driver tried to swing the bus around at the next left turn: the light at Fountain Street, the road to Palm Island and Hibiscus Island.
“Unfortunately, the driver exercised poor judgment in making the U-turn there rather than somewhere else,” Damian said.
Three car lanes and a bike lane leave enough room for a car to make a U-turn. But not a big bus.
“It will be investigated and dealt with properly,” Damian said.