British bus driver blames Caribbean trip jet lag for crash
MANCHESTER, Jan. 18, CMC – A British bus driver who injured two passengers when he crashed his double decker has blamed the smash on jet lag from his holiday in Barbados.
Andrew Boyce, 48, was driving the Stagecoach bus in Manchester city the morning after returning from Barbados in August last year when the incident occurred.
It is reported that two were thrown from their seats and suffered minor injuries when Boyce crashed into the back of another Stagecoach bus on Great Ancoats Street.
Boyce told the court he was jaded while working the morning shift, having completed an eight-hour flight from the Caribbean the night before.
Closed Circuit (CCTV) footage from on board the vehicle showed Boyce reading a document when the crash took place at around 8.10am on Thursday, August 28.
Prosecutor Gordon Thompson said the driver told police at the scene he was distracted by the paperwork and took his eyes off the road.
Boyce pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, and was given five penalty points on his driving licence.
He was also fined £200 and ordered to pay £105 in costs.
The bus company gave him a final warning for the next 12 months.
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