Bus driver charged after careless driving smash

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Lothian and Border signBy Rory Reynolds

A BUS driver has been charged with careless driving after his vehicle ploughed into two cars and a lorry – leaving two people in hospital.

The smash happened at a set of traffic lights during a busy rush hour on the Edinburgh Road in Bathgate, West Lothian.

The incident occurred at 5pm on Tuesday and caused two hours of disruption in the busy commuter town.

A spokesman for Lothian and Borders Police confirmed that the driver – from the First Bus group – has been charged.He said: “The First bus driver has been charged with a Section Three – careless driving.

“Our reports say the bus ploughed into three stationary vehicles after the driver had a lapse of concentration.

“The vehicles were occupied and three people were reported as injured – two were taken to hospital.”

“Four officers remained at the scene of the accident until 7pm.”

An ambulance service spokesperson added: “We took two people to hospital following the incident in Bathgate – one with shock and with one back and neck injuries.

“One was taken to St John’s in Livingston and one was taken to the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary.”

A spokeswoman for First Buses said: “We can confirm that a First bus was involved in a multi-vehicle collision in Bathgate yesterday evening and we are working with the police to investigate this incident.

“We understand that several people suffered minor injuries as a result and we wish them a speedy recovery.

“As an investigation is underway, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”

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