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What happens when a big bus attempts a U-turn? Let the cursing car drivers tell you

A Miami-Dade Transit bus tried to make a U-turn on the MacArthur Causeway Thursday morning. It didn’t make it.
A Miami-Dade Transit bus tried to make a U-turn on the MacArthur Causeway Thursday morning. It didn’t make it.

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.

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.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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