Dangerous driving charge for bridge crash

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The driver of a double decker bus which crashed into a bridge as it carried students to a Teesside college is to face a charge of dangerous driving. The top deck of the school bus collided with a railway bridge on Neasham Road in Darlington (CBW 1005).

The bus was carrying around 50 students to Queen Elizabeth Sixth Form College in the town. The 50-year-old driver, a Stockton resident, has been summonsed to appear at Darlington Magistrates’ Court in November .

A Durham Police spokesman said: “Earlier this month police completed their inquiries and sent a file to the Crown Prosecution Service.

“Following advice from the CPS, the driver of the bus, a 50-yearold man from Stockton, has now been summonsed to appear before Darlington magistrates for an offence of dangerous driving.”

The operator of the school service is Compass Royston, also based in Stockton. A spokeswoman for the firm said Compass Royston was unable to make a comment on the development.