Fury after young driver is ‘pushed off road by bus’

Scene of the collision in Market Way, Spalding. ANL-150701-161146001
Scene of the collision in Market Way, Spalding. ANL-150701-161146001
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A Spalding man is fuming after his teenage step-daughter was driven off a route used as a roadworks diversion.

Charlotte Elson (18) was on her way to college on Tuesday morning when she was in collision with a Brylaine Travel bus.

The incident happened along a route incorporating Market Way and Pennytoft Lane, used by motorists to avoid roadworks along Pinchbeck Road.

Mark Moore, Charlotte’s stepfather, said: “My daughter had been driving along Pennytoft Lane and met the bus coming from Spalding down Market Way.

“The bus hit the side of her car and pushed her off the road on to the grass verge.

“An ambulance came and she was given pain killers, but she was back at the doctors the next day.

“There was damage to the side of her car and to the alloys on the offside, and her bumper came off.

“The car is a Fiat 500 and it’s her pride and joy – she’s only had it since March last year.

“It’s ludicrous this route is being used as a diversion – it just isn’t made for large vehicles.”

Malcolm Wheatley, of Brylaine Travel, said: “I can only confirm that there was a minor incident between one of our vehicles and a private motor car on Market Way in Pinchbeck early yesterday morning.

“The matter is being investigated internally, all procedures have been properly followed, and there is no requirement for police involvement.

“This route is part of our 59 service which was previously operated by Kimes of Folkingham and has been in existence for at least 40 years to my knowledge.

“The road has obviously been much busier during the road works, although this is not the official diversion.”

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire County Council said: “Work was carried out on Church Street on Tuesday morning to remove the roundel speed signs on the road as the speed limit is to be lowered from 40mph to 30mph.

“An official diversion route was in place.

“However, school buses were allowed along Church Street with public transport advised to use local diversions.”