Pupil injured in Scottish School Bus crash wins £20k compensation

A former pupil injured when a double decker bus was blown over on an afternoon school run has won 20,000 damages. .

Cheryl Forbes, who was a final-year pupil at Mearns Academy, Aberdeenshire, sued bus operator Stagecoach Bluebird after suffering cuts, bruises and a fractured collar bone in the October 2010 accident. She later underwent surgery, which left her with scarring.

It was windy on the day of the accident and a gust hit the bus on the exposed B9120 Laurencekirk-St Cyrus road. The bus left the road and went onto its side in a field.

A civil jury at the Court of Session in Edinburgh ruled that the firm was liable.

Judge, Lord Glennie, told jurors they needed to consider what “judgement call” Stagecoach should have made on the basis of wind forecast information available at the time.

Stagecoach says the amount of damages awarded was reduced as Ms Forbes was not wearing her seatbelt.