DVSA PROBES DAD’S CLAIMS DRIVERLESS BUS ROLLED ACROSS ROAD

Bangor Mail - - News - Mari Jones

AN in­ves­ti­ga­tion has been launched into claims a run­away bus rolled out of its yard and into on­com­ing traf­fic.

Chris Jones and his part­ner Am­ber Smith said they had a lucky es­cape when the bus, which had no driver on board, crashed into a sign­post across the road from its de­pot.

The coach, owned by Good­sir Coaches, came to a stop on the op­po­site site of the road from its base on Vic­to­ria Road, Holy­head, said Mr Jones.

Mr Jones, who was walk­ing to pick up his eight-year-old son at nearby Ys­gol St Mary’s, in Holy­head, at around 3pm last Wed­nes­day, de­scribed hear­ing a loud bang.

He said the bus had nar­rowly missed a blue van that was be­ing driven along the road at the time.

He added: “We could have been killed, as lit­er­ally sec­onds be­fore we were walk­ing across the pave­ment where the bus went over.

“It’s very lucky other pedes­tri­ans were not in­jured or killed as it was school pick up time.”

“It’s also a very busy road and area as Holy­head train sta­tion is just yards away,” he added.

Mr Jones said a driver ran out of the yard, jumped into the bus and re­versed it back to the coach com­pany’s yard.

“He re­versed the bus as quickly as pos­si­ble. He didn’t even bother to look un­der the bus to see if it had hit a pedes­trian.

“I’ve re­ported the in­ci­dent to the DVSA (Driver and Ve­hi­cle Stan­dards Agency), as it was a danger­ous in­ci­dent.”

Good­sir Coaches, which was es­tab­lished in 1972, was ap­proached for a com­ment.

The staff member who an­swered the phone said they “didn’t know about any in­ci­dent”, and the phone was put down on us three times.

DVSA en­force­ment man­ager for Wales David Collings says: “DVSA’s pri­or­ity is to pro­tect ev­ery­one from un­safe driv­ers and ve­hi­cles.

“As this is an on­go­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion, we can­not dis­cuss this fur­ther.

“If mem­bers of the pub­lic wish to re­port safety is­sues with buses or coaches they can do so in con­fi­dence on 0300 123 9000.”

Good­sir coaches in Holy­head is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the DVSA af­ter a driverless bus rolled into on­com­ing traf­fic ●

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