Bus crash driver cleared

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A BUS driver has been cleared of wrongdoing over a collision which claimed the life of another driver.

Edward Barends, 37, of Batemoor Close, Batemoor, Sheffield, was charged with causing death by careless driving following a collision in March 2009 in which bus driver Peter Drury died.

Mr Barends was driving a TM Travel single-decker through Hooton Roberts, Rotherham, when it was involved in a collision with a skip lorry, which pushed it into the path of a double decker operated by bus firm First.

The collision on the A630 Doncaster Road resulted in the death of Mr Drury at the scene and over a dozen other people were taken to hospital with injuries.

Mr Barends, who denied causing death by careless driving, went on trial at Sheffield Crown Court but was acquitted on the direction of the judge, Simon Lawler.

The court heard the crash happened as the single-decker went downhill on Ravenfield Lane to a T-junction with the A630, and ran into the path of the lorry which was shoved into the path of Mr Drury’s bus.

Jurors were also told Mr Barends’ bus had several defects but a forensic collision investigaton said the driver would have been unaware of them.