Womans terror after bus driver falls asleep at wheel and crashes into garden

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A mum says she is ''absolutely petrified" of her kids playing in her garden after an out-of-control coach ploughed into her property, narrowly missing her house, when its driver fell asleep at the wheel.

Homeowner, Heather Macdonald, spoke of her shock at the incident which left her garden looking like a 'tornado' had hit it.

The 45 year old, from Airedale, Notts, looked outside of her window on June 18, to see the coach in her front garden, with parts of the vehicle strewn across the floor, having destroyed her fence and car.

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Shocking photos show how the vehicle, which also knocked down a streetlamp, and her neighbour’s four tonne brick wall, narrowly avoided smashing into her property and destroying her child's climbing frame and swings.

Heather said she was told by police officers that the driver fell asleep at the wheel, and she had now been left terrified about kids playing in the garden.

She said: “It’s shocking.

"It’s like something you would see on telly, not something that has happened in your own garden.”

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The mum added that when she found that out, she had "goosebumps" and it "absolutely petrifies me for him to drive a coach again".

She added that the driver will be going for a medical examination, which she was "pleased to hear".

Her garden is still covered in shards of glass, and she has said she is "absolutely petrified" of her 11-year-old son Lucas playing in the garden.

She said: “We also have a little baby in the family who was born last October, and this year will probably be toddling around the garden but there is no chance that will happen.

“I’ve invited friends around before the accident to come and play in the garden or summer but I’m not having anyone coming over now, I’m scared.

“I am just so glad that it ended the way it did and that nobody got hurt.”

Emergency services were called to the scene to attend the male driver who escaped with no injuries.

The coach was towed away at around 2.30am, four hours after the incident.

Nottinghamshire Police conducted an investigation into the incident and issued the driver with a ticket for driving without due care and attention.

Inspector Hayley Crawford, district commander for Bassetlaw, said: “Officers were called to reports of a collision involving a bus in Airedale, Worksop, on June 18, shortly before 10.45pm.

“We worked alongside other emergency services and thankfully no one was injured during the incident.

“Response officers investigating issued a ticket at the roadside to the driver for driving without due care and attention.”

Johnson Bros have been contacted for a comment.


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