Mercedes driver caught in outrageous mistake on Adelaide busway

A Mercedes driver found themselves on Adelaide's iconic bus-only track and managed to go quite a distance before getting back on the road.

Adelaide's O-Bahn is a guided busway that runs through the city's northeastern suburbs. Cars have been known to get stuck on the tracks and are often towed away.

Recently, an elderly driver in a Mercedes somehow ended up on the track in North Adelaide on Monday at around 4pm, 9News Adelaide reported.

In a video shared by the news channel, the car is seen driving on the tracks as a bus passes it.

A Mercedes ended up on Adelaide's O-Bahn track. Source: Reddit/peaandham610
A Mercedes ended up on Adelaide's O-Bahn track. Source: Reddit/peaandham610

A few people viewing the footage on social media were impressed the driver managed to stay on the widespread tracks, which were built to accommodate buses only.

Many said it was quite common for cars to get stuck on the track if they somehow end up on the busway.

It has been reported the Mercedes made it about three or four kilometres on the O-Bahn, which some people on Reddit thought was a decent effort.

While the driver mistakenly entered the O'Bahn on Park Terrace and travelled to Klemzig Interchange without incident, the track in between those two stops was shut down.

Mercedes driver looked 'calm'

Luke Elliot was out for a run when he saw the car on the bus tracks and he was the one who took the video.

"The first thought was, I was wondering what this peanut was doing," Mr Elliot told 9News, adding that the driver actually looked quite calm.

He also joked about there being "better ways" to avoid peak hour traffic.

There's pretty clear signage that tells motorists the O'Bahn is for busway buses only. Source: Google Maps
There's pretty clear signage that tells motorists the O'Bahn is for busway buses only. Source: Google Maps

There's pretty clear signage at the start of the O'Bahn track.

The road is painted red and there are generally several signs that say "Busway Buses Only" and "No Entry".

"It's literally impossible to get onto the O-Bahn without knowing you shouldn't be there, there is that much signage," one person said on Reddit.

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