Disappointment at bus crash inquiry result

20101001- B9120 School Bus Crash. 'Scene at Smiddyhill on the B9120 road from Laurencekirk to Stonehaven where a school bus left the road and ended up on its side in a field. ''"Andy Thompson Photography",'"No use without payment",'"Tel: 07795437362" ,'"www.atimages.com" ,

20101001- B9120 School Bus Crash. 'Scene at Smiddyhill on the B9120 road from Laurencekirk to Stonehaven where a school bus left the road and ended up on its side in a field. ''"Andy Thompson Photography",'"No use without payment",'"Tel: 07795437362" ,'"www.atimages.com" ,

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PARENTS of pupils involved in a bus crash at Garvock Hill last October have expressed their disappointment over the results of the subsequent police investigation.

It has been decided that there will be no further action taken against Stagecoach or Aberdeenshire Council following the accident in which 19 pupils were injured.

The inquiry concluded that the collision was caused by the bus being caught by an excessive gust of wind from the offside from which the driver momentarily lost control.

This caused the bus to veer to the nearside where its wheels drove onto a soft verge which then gave way and the bus toppled onto its side in a field.

Darran Smith from St Cyrus, whose eldest daughter Hannah was on the bus when the crash happened, has expressed his consternation with the result.

He said: “I am disappointed there is nothing further happening with regard to holding Stagecoach and the council to account, because, God forbid, if one or more children had been killed here, action would have been taken and things would have been different.”

A spokesman for Stagecoach Bluebird said: “The safety of our passengers is our absolute priority. We have a good working relationship with Aberdeenshire Council and, following a thorough investigation into this incident, lessons have been learned on both sides.

“We are committed to working in partnership with the council to improve the ways that information is recorded and shared.

“In addition, Stagecoach and the council have previously agreed that single-decker vehicles will be used to operate this particular contract from now on and the route has also now been amended to that the service no longer passes over Garvock Hill.”