A freak incident occurred last week in Palhoca, Brazil, as the front end of an extended bus detached from the rear, leaving passengers scrambling for the exits.
The person who filmed the entire scene on his mobile device said: “I realized that the bus had a problem and may be about to deteriorate, so I filmed the journey until the moment that the bus separated.”
It’s a good thing nobody was standing in the middle section, because they might have gotten thrown out on the asphalt, unless they were hanging on to the handlebars really tight.
Normally, the pivoting joint with its protective folding shouldn’t allow for such a separation to occur, but, for some reason, in this case it did. Otherwise, using an articulated bus (or trolleybus) can be quite practical since they allow for faster boarding and disembarkation than, say, a double-decker bus.