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Bus company fined following fatal Coventry crash

A bus company has today (27 November) been fined over £2.3 million following the Coventry bus crash which killed seven-year-old passenger Rowan Fitzgerald and 76-year-old pedestrian Dora Hancox in October 2015.

Both died when a double-decker bus, driven by Kailash Chander, who was then aged 77, careered out of control and crashed into Sainsbury’s supermarket.

Midland Red South Limited pleaded guilty to health and safety offences at an earlier hearing, namely failure to ensure the safety of members of the public and their employees in allowing Chander to work so many hours despite many warnings about his driving performance.

And today at Birmingham Crown Court, they were fined £2,335,000 and ordered to pay costs.

Chander, who now suffers from dementia, was charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving and two charges of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, however he was found unfit to stand trial on medical grounds. He was given a two-year supervision order under the Insanity Act which means he must receive supervised care for a number of medical conditions. 

A 35-year-old member of the public, Tiel Porlock, who alerted pedestrians to the oncoming bus, ushering them out of the way and running to give help, was awarded £250 in recognition of his actions.