Belfast Telegraph

Driver of overturned bus left ‘traumatised’

By Patrice Dougan

The bus driver who was in charge of the double-decker which overturned in Belfast city centre has been left “traumatised” by the incident.

The driver was yesterday recovering in hospital from the crash, which saw the bus he was driving flip onto its side after it mounted the kerb and hit a wall outside Central Station on Sunday afternoon.

He was the most seriously injured in the incident, and had to be cut out of the cab by the Fire and Rescue Service.

Metro GMB chairman Allister Taylor visited the driver in the Royal Victoria Hospital yesterday and said he was “reasonably well at this stage”.

“Obviously he’s still feeling a bit shaken up over the circumstances,” Mr Taylor said.

“He was asking about the people on the bus and making sure they were all fine.”

He described the driver as “battered and bruised”, but said he had escaped serious injury such as broken bones.

“He’s certainly on the mend and I would like to think he will have a speedy recovery,” he said.

Mr Taylor said it was too early to say what had happened to cause the accident.

A Translink spokeswoman also confirmed the injured driver was on the road to recovery.

“The driver remained in hospital overnight (on Sunday). However, he is much improved from initial reports, although obviously very traumatised and shocked by the incident,” she said.

“The safety of our employees and passengers is a key priority for Translink and a full PSNI investigation is currently under way.”

It is understood PSNI investigators will examine the bus for any mechanical faults, as well as speaking to all the passengers on board and the driver.

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