Death driver denies charge

A coach driver who killed three men and seriously injured a fourth when he ploughed into a stationary car has denied causing their deaths by dangerous driving

Coach Alan Peters, 78, of, Gravesend, Kent, also denies causing serious injury to the surviving car passenger.

He has previously pleaded guilty to the lesser charges of causing three deaths by careless driving.

His double-decker coach, operated by Sheerness-based Travelmaster, hit and destroyed an Audi that had broken down on the hard shoulder of the M1 in Bedfordshire, in February 2015. Three of the four occupants were killed immediately.

The court heard that motorway signs indicated the hard shoulder should be used for emergency use only.

Mr Peters said: “My belief is that the overhead gantry signs were displaying ‘congestion – use hard shoulder’ and 60mph signs. That is why I was on the hard shoulder.”

The case continues.