Bus passengers left bleeding and bruised

Margaret Bell who was the injured in a bus incident in Hampden Park. July 30th 2013 E31184P
Margaret Bell who was the injured in a bus incident in Hampden Park. July 30th 2013 E31184P

A pensioner was left covered in blood and needed 10 stitches in her head after the driver of the bus she was travelling had to brake sharply.

Margaret Bell was on the Loop with other passengers, including school children, when she said the vehicle came to a sharp stop shortly after it passed the railway line at Hampden Park.

The 69-year-old, who boarded the bus at Tesco in the village, said of the incident which happened on Monday afternoon last week (July 22), “The driver put the brakes on with force and I shot forward to the front of the bus.

“I had severe bruising, 10 stitches across my head and a chipped tooth. I’m terribly bruised and still getting headaches.

“I was saturated in blood.

The Tidebrook Gardens resident, who spent the night in the DGH and is looking into whether she is eligible for compensation, added, “There was a nice young girl who spoke to me while I was on the bus floor and saying ‘Mary, you’ll be alright’, I didn’t get her name but would like to say thank you for her help and kindness. I also saw a couple [from the bus] in hospital the next day and they were very kind.”

Another passenger Dorothy Budgen was travelling on the bus with her husband and grandson.

She said, “The two ladies in front of us more or less did a forward roll.

“I tried to pull one of the ladies back up on to the seat. It wasn’t very nice, a lot of school children were shocked.”

A spokesperson for Stagecoach said, “We can confirm that an incident occurred around 3.30pm on 22nd July where a number of passengers were injured when one of our drivers had to brake suddenly.

“Safety is our absolute priority and we are assisting police with their inquiries into the incident and are also carrying out our own investigation.”