Bus driver causes 4-car pile-up

THE DRIVER of a retirement village courtesy bus broke down when he appeared in court after crashing the vehicle.

Hervey Bay Magistrates Court heard that Lester Munro Buchanan was driving the Torbay Retirement Village courtesy bus carrying nine passengers when it crashed into the rear of another vehicle on October 16.

The force of the crash, on Torquay Road, Pialba, pushed the second car into a third and that car into a fourth.

Buchanan, 69, appeared in court charged with driving without due care and said because he was watching a pedestrian crossing, he didn’t realise the car in front had stopped to parallel park.

He became upset when he told Magistrate Tom Killeen he didn’t want to lose his licence because he’d been a volunteer driver for the past four and a half years.

His licence wasn’t disqualified but he was fined $400.



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