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Driver 'felt unwell' before Brighton bus crash

The firm's investigation found no technical faults with the No 5 bus Credit: PA

A bus driver involved in the bus collision in Brighton in which 23 people were injured reported feeling unwell at the start of his shift, it has emerged.

Bosses at Brighton and Hove Buses revealed that the driver's supervisor advised him not to work when he reported sick, but he later told a second supervisor that he felt fit to drive.

The driver appears to have fallen ill again before his double-decker bus crashed into another bus in Brighton city centre.

Martin Harris, managing director of Brighton and Hove Buses, said it appeared the driver had no previous history of the illness.

We have been advised subsequently that investigation into the cause of our driver feeling unwell at this point indicates a condition of which he had no previous history.

– Martin Harris, managing director of Brighton and Hove Buses

Suggestions that the driver was pressured by the firm into working after earlier feeling unwell were "unfounded", the company said in a statement.

An investigation by the firm found no technical faults with the No 5 bus involved in the crash.

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