By 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.”