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The Foreigner Ukrainian bus crash driver denies guilt. The man, who is charged with careless driving and negligent homicide, appeared in Sunnmøre District Court, Monday. July’s crash in Valldal resulted in the death of one person and left 16 others injured. 41 people were aboard. The Ukrainian bus driver claims that the car involved, driven by an employee of Ålesund Police Station, was weaving back and forth in the road before heading to the left towards his bus.

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Ukrainian bus crash driver denies guilt

Published on Monday, 17th October, 2016 at 21:57 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Charlotte Bryan   .
Last Updated on 17th October 2016 at 22:08.

The man, who is charged with careless driving and negligent homicide, appeared in Sunnmøre District Court, Monday.



July’s crash in Valldal resulted in the death of one person and left 16 others injured. 41 people were aboard.

The Ukrainian bus driver claims that the car involved, driven by an employee of Ålesund Police Station, was weaving back and forth in the road before heading to the left towards his bus.

“I got frightened and tightened my grip on the steering wheel,” he told the Court. “I tried to move further to the right, but saw that there was no more space. We would have driven into the ditch if I’d driven any further out [of the road].”

The subsequent side collision occurred after both vehicles passed each other, contends the bus driver, adding that he has 25 years’ experience and that his vehicle was in good condition.

He went on to explain that he “felt a hard thump at the back of the bus”, that “it veered to the right and began to swerve”, and that he was unable to gain control of it.

It transpired that the collision had destroyed the bus’s steering gear, reports NRK. It subsequently came off the road and went down a steep escarpment before overturning.

The Court also heard the defendant contend that the weather was fine, and that there were no signs to indicate a bend in the road or a reduced speed limit.

Moreover, he claimed that he is used to driving on narrow roads, and that he did not notice that it had narrowed before the car was just a few metres away.

The report from Norway’s Public Roads Authority (NPRA) states that vehicle’s tachometer showed it had been travelling at 63 km/h before slowing sharply to 57 km/h – the believed speed at the time of impact (some 39 and 35 mph, respectively).

It also mentions that the speed limit is 80 km/h (roughly 50 mph) stretch. Officials calculate that the passenger car was travelling at a maximum of 15 km/h (approximately 9 mph) at the time of the collision. The bus driver alleges it was higher.

In his opening remarks, defence lawyer Erling Flisnes said that his client should be acquitted of negligent homicide due to the destroyed steering gear.

He also argued that the actual fact that the bus left the road following the collision could not be connected to the careless driving charge.

Mr Flisnes’ opinion is that the tachometer shows that his client did everything he could to keep the bus on the road.

Moreover, there was the possibility that the vehicle’s speed could have been lower than stated in the NRPA’s report, as “there is room for error, as with any other matter.”

The trial commencing before completion of the Accident Investigation Board’s (AIBN) report means that [other] important information is not given to the Court either, pointed out Mr Flisnes.

Prosecutor Magnus Eng Juul asserted that the driver should have slowed the bus more before encountering the car, with police claiming that he was driving without due care and attention.

Five days have been set aside for the trial.



Published on Monday, 17th October, 2016 at 21:57 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and Charlotte Bryan   .
Last updated on 17th October 2016 at 22:08.

This post has the following tags: busaccident, ukraine, fatal, sunnmre, paywall.





  
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