DAVID LOGUE WAS “NOT FIT TO DRIVE” A BUS
A fatal accident inquiry into the death of Jim Lochrie ruled the tragedy could have been avoided had his First Bus colleague David Logue followed medical advice to stay hydrated.
Logue, then 42, fainted at the wheel of the double-decker he was driving and ploughed into the bus stop where Jim was waiting to board on March 31, 2012.
Like bin lorry crash driver Harry Clarke, the inquiry heard Logue failed to disclose his medical history after black outs caused two earlier crashes.
It was revealed Logue crashed a bus on Maryhill Road in January 1998 after fainting at the wheel, which he said was the result of a cardio-vascular incident.
A second crash caused by fainting took place at a bus depot in June 2008 and was down to high blood pressure.
Logue’s licence was suspended both times but reinstated after medical investigations. The crash in which Jim died was said by doctors to be caused by dehydration, Logue said.
During the inquiry, Craig Murray, QC for the Lochrie family, questioned Logue about another suspected faint in 2004 at the Victoria Road depot - where he worked with Jim - and a short viral illness in which he experienced dizziness.
A colleague described how Logue had been feeling faint in the 2004 incident but the driver denied this and said he fell as a result of a loose railing. In the fatal accident report, published in November 2015, Sheriff Kenneth Mitchell said Logue was not fit to drive a bus after the 2008 incident.
He criticised doctors’“sloppy and inaccurate”note-taking as well as failures by First Bus and the DVLA in not taking him off the road back then.
In his judgement, the sheriff said Logue was“an accident waiting to happen”, adding:“At some point his medical condition was going to result in injury or death.”
Sheriff Mitchell said First Bus could have provided its medical officer with a copy of an earlier accident report.
Had a detailed referral been made, or had the GP been given the accident report, Mr Logue’s false report of the accident might have been investigated.
“First bus did not let its left hand know what its right hand was doing,”the sheriff reported.
Speaking after the FAI report was published, a spokeswoman for First Bus said:“We believe our occupational health policies and procedures, including medical assessments, meet legal standards.
“We note Sheriff Mitchell’s finding that no defect in our system contributed to the tragic accident in which James Lochrie died and will now carefully consider the other findings.”