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What was this Transperth bus driver thinking? | Video

A Transperth driver has managed to get a bus stuck on an off-road track near Greenfields on Friday.

It’s understood the bus turned onto Fiegert Road, headed south from Lakelands Road, in Barragup when it went past a No through road sign and onto a 4WD track.

The bus managed to make it several metres through soft sand and even a large puddle before it got stuck on an incline.

A Transperth spokesman said the bus was out of service and was “headed back to the depot” when the driver missed a turn.

He said Google Maps redirected the driver down Fiegert Road, but the map “didn’t tell him it was unsealed”.

The spokesman further explained the driver was unable to make a U-turn before he hit the soft sand about 4pm.

“Bit embarrassing for the driver,” the Transperth spokesman said.

Transperth mechanical contractors were sent out to assess the bus and help with the recovery effort.

Photo: Google.

The bus was stuck for several hours until an off-road recovery vehicle was sent from Perth to retrieve the people mover.

As photos of the bus were posted to social media and the tracks frequently used by locals, it wasn’t long before a crowd gathered.

Some onlookers even decided to sneak past Transperth contractors and set off the bus’ fire extinguisher.

With heavy towing equipment and a large off-road recovery vehicle the team managed to get the bus out just before 10pm.

According to some locals, Google Maps says the road goes entirely through but it’s not the case.

Fiegert Road is an uncompleted stretch often used by locals as a shortcut to get from Barragup and Nambeelup to Greenfields and Stake Hill.

The stretch connects Pinjarra Road and Lakelands Road and is only achievable by 4WD.

The Transperth spokesman said the bus driver is still employed and would not face any action from the company but any disciplinary action taken by the driver’s contractor was unknown.

Tex Reeks

Texas (Tex) Reeks is a video journalist and national award-winning news photographer. Reeks' dedication and commitment to local news media and telling stories has seen him build an extensive portfolio in Western Australia's news industry from a young age. Writing online stories and covering news events for Perth's mainstream media networks, Reeks, has covered and broken some of WA's biggest breaking news stories including shark attacks, police manhunts, plane crashes, major crime investigations, and major political incidents. Reeks' interest and knowledge in criminology and policing results in his focus on crime and court stories.
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