Driver may have defence

PUBLISHED: 11:30 13 September 2007 | UPDATED: 12:46 04 May 2010

A STAGECOACH bus driver involved in a road accident that left 12 people injured may have a medical condition that contributed to the accident, magistrates were told this week. Brian Bristow originally admitted careless driving, but now believes he may hav

A STAGECOACH bus driver involved in a road accident that left 12 people injured may have a medical condition that contributed to the accident, magistrates were told this week.

Brian Bristow originally admitted careless driving, but now believes he may have a defence to the charge.

Solicitor Penny Grucock told Ely magistrates that Bristow may be suffering from a condition that caused him to lose consciousness.

On Thursday, Ely magistrates adjourned the case for four weeks, for medical evidence to be obtained.

Last month, the court heard how 53-year-old Bristow was driving a company bus on the A14 when he ploughed into the rear of a black Scania truck.

"The bus then swerved across the carriageway and collided with the rear of a Volvo car," said prosecutor Angela Sassoli.

"A total of 12 people sustained injuries; one had injuries of a serious nature."

Last month, magistrates said they were considering imposing a driving ban on Bristow, of Cherry Rise, Sutton.

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