Larbert pupils in coach scare

First Bus East bosses are investigating crash
First Bus East bosses are investigating crash

Bus bosses have ordered a probe after a crash outside a local depot.

The driver of a private hire coach taking primary pupils back to school had to swerve to avoid a van that suddenly rolled into its path from the First Scotland East garage on Stirling Road.

Despite his best efforts he could not stop his 53-seater colliding with the unmanned vehicle and the bus stop on the other side of the road.

Following the drama last Tuesday lunchtime the coach operated by Bryan’s of Denny has been taken out of service and will cost an estimated £16,000 to repair.

The coach was on its way back to Ladeside Primary with youngsters who had taken part in a cross-country event at Callendar Park.

Headteacher Kath Hamill said: “All the children were wearing their seatbelts and this, together with the quick reaction of the coach driver, meant a serious accident was avoided. The children were led from the coach and safely transported back to school.”

Bryan’s of Denny has been operating for over 30 years and is a popular choice when the school needs transport to take pupils to various events.

Director Ross Bryan said: “One of our most experienced drivers was behind the wheel. The van just appeared from nowhere and although he swerved right and then left there was no way he could avoid it or part of the bus stop on the other side of the road.

“ He got a bit of a fright, but all our coaches are fitted with seatbelts and thankfully the children were unhurt.”

A spokesman for First Scotland East said: “One of our support vans was involved in this incident but fortunately there were no injuries. We are very keen to establish exactly what happened and our investigation into the incident is ongoing. At First safety is our highest priority and we treat any incident involving our vehicles and staff very seriously.”