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Bridge crash bus driver sentenced

By Tom Wilkinson

A school bus driver who injured 12 students when he crashed his double-decker vehicle into a bridge will be sentenced today.

The roof of the bus was ripped off as it carried teenagers to Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College in Darlington, County Durham, last September.

Driver Trevor Wilson, 51, from Wellington Walk, Stockton, Teesside, has admitted dangerous driving and will be sentenced at Darlington Magistrates' Court.

One student suffered a broken collarbone and 11 other teenagers needed hospital treatment after the impact with the railway bridge.

On the day of the crash, college principal Tim Fisher said: "This has been a lucky escape.

"I went down to the scene and, like everybody else, I was shocked, surprised and, most of all, relieved by the fact that all of the people travelling on the bus had walked away from the accident."

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