The driver of a double-decker that was involved in a bus accident in Brighton reported feeling unwell at the start of his shift, it has emerged.
The No 5 bus collided with another double-decker in the city centre on Monday, resulting in 13 people being taken to hospital.
The driver was advised not to work by his supervisor, but he later told another supervisor he felt fit to drive, according to the boss of Brighton and Hove Buses. He then got behind the wheel of the bus but appeared to become ill again before the crash.
No pressure on driver to work
Allegations the driver was pressured into working by the firm are “unfounded”, the company says.
A statement released by Brighton and Hove Buses managing director Martin Harris says the investigation is now primarily focusing on the health of the driver after no mechanical issues were found with the bus.
Mr Harris says the driver reported that he felt fine to start work “of his own volition” after initially complaining of feeling unwell.
He began his service about one hour later than scheduled as a result of being able to take a break, but then appears to have become ill again about an hour-and-a-half into his shift.
The driver, who last underwent a professional medical examination in March 2013, had no previous history of the condition he experienced, the statement reveals.
The bus company has investigated the incident using CCTV, telematics data, eyewitness statements and statements from staff who were in contact with the driver before he started work.
Injured taken to hospital
One witness revealed how, moments before the crash, he saw the bus travelling with a large traffic cone wedged underneath it.
People from nearby shops helped the injured get off the buses as the emergency services were scrambled to the scene.
Two people were taken to Brighton’s Royal Sussex County Hospital in a life-threatening condition. Five others were admitted with less serious injuries.
Six more casualties were taken to the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath, and 10 were assessed at the scene but did not require hospital treatment, according to South East Coast Ambulance Service.
Source: Daily Star
Date Published: July 9, 2015
Author: Jonathan Brown