Bus company supports driver involved in crash

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A POLICE investigation is under way into the bus crash that killed Caitlin Hunt.

Although it is still in its early stages, police believe it was nothing more than a tragic accident.

Paramedics and police officers attended the incident, which took place shortly before 5.50pm on Tuesday at Moredon Road, close to the junction with Church Walk, but despite their best efforts, Caitlin died at the scene.

Inspector Paul Hacker, from Wiltshire Police, said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts remain with Caitlin’s family at this time.

“I would like to reassure the local community that a robust police investigation is well under way and ask that anyone with information or who witnessed the incident to contact police immediately.

“At this stage of the investigation, it appears that this was a tragic accident.”

It is believed Caitlin was playing with her brother and a friend outside the parade of shops opposite her primary school when she apparently darted out in front of a single-decker Thamesdown Transport bus.

Paul Jenkins, managing director of Thamesdown Transport, said: “We are fully co-operating with police investigations, however our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time. We are also supporting our driver and the team who have been affected by this accident.”

Officers from the Serious Collision Investigation Team are appealing to anyone who witnessed the collision and have not yet spoken to police to come forward immediately.

Call PC Pete Williamson on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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7:16am Thu 20 Mar 14

jmarsig says...

that little girl bus drivers never let up on the gas peddle seen it many times , I decelerate when I drive then brake , I even seen bus drivers go faster , I know all day they want to get to a stop and rest a bit and wanting to meet the time zones but what a price to pay ? the bus company should allow more time to get to the time zones its all money and time is money but for a little girl to pay the price of this is just wrong.... god bless her , she did not have a chance , maybe this will have light on the bus company to make more time for the time zones
that little girl bus drivers never let up on the gas peddle seen it many times , I decelerate when I drive then brake , I even seen bus drivers go faster , I know all day they want to get to a stop and rest a bit and wanting to meet the time zones but what a price to pay ? the bus company should allow more time to get to the time zones its all money and time is money but for a little girl to pay the price of this is just wrong.... god bless her , she did not have a chance , maybe this will have light on the bus company to make more time for the time zones jmarsig
  • Score: -131

8:01am Thu 20 Mar 14

lanmarion says...

Totally disagree with this comment. do you actually really know the circumstances of this tragic accident?

R.I.P Caitlin
Totally disagree with this comment. do you actually really know the circumstances of this tragic accident? R.I.P Caitlin lanmarion
  • Score: 83

8:07am Thu 20 Mar 14

Gypsy Moon says...

I dont think we are qualified to comment on the driving skills of the bus driver unless we were there at the time. I know people who drive their vehicles in just the same way. My thoughts go out to the family, the bus driver, passengers, emergency services and anyone else who was witness to this terrible accident.
I dont think we are qualified to comment on the driving skills of the bus driver unless we were there at the time. I know people who drive their vehicles in just the same way. My thoughts go out to the family, the bus driver, passengers, emergency services and anyone else who was witness to this terrible accident. Gypsy Moon
  • Score: 68

8:25am Thu 20 Mar 14

house on the hill says...

Gypsy Moon wrote:
I dont think we are qualified to comment on the driving skills of the bus driver unless we were there at the time. I know people who drive their vehicles in just the same way. My thoughts go out to the family, the bus driver, passengers, emergency services and anyone else who was witness to this terrible accident.
Agree, and whatever the circumstances it will live with him or her for the rest of their lives and the passengers too.
[quote][p][bold]Gypsy Moon[/bold] wrote: I dont think we are qualified to comment on the driving skills of the bus driver unless we were there at the time. I know people who drive their vehicles in just the same way. My thoughts go out to the family, the bus driver, passengers, emergency services and anyone else who was witness to this terrible accident.[/p][/quote]Agree, and whatever the circumstances it will live with him or her for the rest of their lives and the passengers too. house on the hill
  • Score: 57

8:37am Thu 20 Mar 14

A.Baron-Cohen says...

What is the speed limit on that road considering the proximity of a primary school, should it not be 20mph as many wanted in Old Town.
Since we know that there is a primary school nearby, I am surprised that the pavements are not made safer, some fences like the ones at the exit of the outlet village would have saved this little girl's life for sure.
What is the speed limit on that road considering the proximity of a primary school, should it not be 20mph as many wanted in Old Town. Since we know that there is a primary school nearby, I am surprised that the pavements are not made safer, some fences like the ones at the exit of the outlet village would have saved this little girl's life for sure. A.Baron-Cohen
  • Score: -23

10:05am Thu 20 Mar 14

Morsey says...

That section is, and has been for some time, 20mph. It is probably the most the busiest, most condensed traffic island and junction in town. The merging commuter traffic from the Town Centre, Stratton and beyond, West Swindon / North Swindon meets the small roundabout and speed tables outside the shops an school.

Pedestrian precinct, it ain't, but it certainly feels that way as vehicles often give way to people crossing outside the small Co-oP shop at the Church Walk South / North junction. Drivers and walkers need to be very, very careful and there is always going to be the odd case of blocked vision of a driver.

The excess traffic along this residential area is, infortunately, due to other routes not being put in place during the massive expansion of the North of the town and in and around Moredon Road itself.

I feel that this is an accident which was waiting to happen and that a railing either side of the proper pelican crossing outside the school is going to be the only way of fighting the issue as the huge build up of traffic along this very narrow road with limited parking spaces at one end on one side also adding into the mix. Even then, it may not work?
That section is, and has been for some time, 20mph. It is probably the most the busiest, most condensed traffic island and junction in town. The merging commuter traffic from the Town Centre, Stratton and beyond, West Swindon / North Swindon meets the small roundabout and speed tables outside the shops an school. Pedestrian precinct, it ain't, but it certainly feels that way as vehicles often give way to people crossing outside the small Co-oP shop at the Church Walk South / North junction. Drivers and walkers need to be very, very careful and there is always going to be the odd case of blocked vision of a driver. The excess traffic along this residential area is, infortunately, due to other routes not being put in place during the massive expansion of the North of the town and in and around Moredon Road itself. I feel that this is an accident which was waiting to happen and that a railing either side of the proper pelican crossing outside the school is going to be the only way of fighting the issue as the huge build up of traffic along this very narrow road with limited parking spaces at one end on one side also adding into the mix. Even then, it may not work? Morsey
  • Score: 5

10:47am Thu 20 Mar 14

Robh says...

Unfortunately I think the area where it happened is ridiculous. It gives the impression of a pedestrian crossing but it isn't. It is liked the traffic calming next to Morrisons in Haydon people think that is a crossing but it isn't. Road's designed by idiots but don't blame the drivers.
Unfortunately I think the area where it happened is ridiculous. It gives the impression of a pedestrian crossing but it isn't. It is liked the traffic calming next to Morrisons in Haydon people think that is a crossing but it isn't. Road's designed by idiots but don't blame the drivers. Robh
  • Score: 16

12:03pm Thu 20 Mar 14

themoonraker says...

jmarsig wrote:
that little girl bus drivers never let up on the gas peddle seen it many times , I decelerate when I drive then brake , I even seen bus drivers go faster , I know all day they want to get to a stop and rest a bit and wanting to meet the time zones but what a price to pay ? the bus company should allow more time to get to the time zones its all money and time is money but for a little girl to pay the price of this is just wrong.... god bless her , she did not have a chance , maybe this will have light on the bus company to make more time for the time zones
What a top class driver you must be, reflexes faster than the speed of light, a real ''superman'', you are so perfect it must hurt!
IF the driver was driving carelessly/too fast, etc than yes they deserve to be publically pillioried AND prosecuted.
BUT IF the driver was no ''superman'' like yourself, and IF he/she was driving in a proper manner then they also deserve some sympathy, let's be real here, this person wil have to live with this for the rest of their lives, they will also be a victim of a tragic accident.
My heart goes out to the little girl and her family, life is so unfair in cases like this, they are without doubt suffering immense heartache and anguish, but if this was a tragic accident, comments blaming other parties involved are really not helpful and also very upsetting to others involved.
[quote][p][bold]jmarsig[/bold] wrote: that little girl bus drivers never let up on the gas peddle seen it many times , I decelerate when I drive then brake , I even seen bus drivers go faster , I know all day they want to get to a stop and rest a bit and wanting to meet the time zones but what a price to pay ? the bus company should allow more time to get to the time zones its all money and time is money but for a little girl to pay the price of this is just wrong.... god bless her , she did not have a chance , maybe this will have light on the bus company to make more time for the time zones[/p][/quote]What a top class driver you must be, reflexes faster than the speed of light, a real ''superman'', you are so perfect it must hurt! IF the driver was driving carelessly/too fast, etc than yes they deserve to be publically pillioried AND prosecuted. BUT IF the driver was no ''superman'' like yourself, and IF he/she was driving in a proper manner then they also deserve some sympathy, let's be real here, this person wil have to live with this for the rest of their lives, they will also be a victim of a tragic accident. My heart goes out to the little girl and her family, life is so unfair in cases like this, they are without doubt suffering immense heartache and anguish, but if this was a tragic accident, comments blaming other parties involved are really not helpful and also very upsetting to others involved. themoonraker
  • Score: 49

12:48pm Thu 20 Mar 14

LordCharles says...

Many years ago a close friend of mine knocked over a child who subsequently died. My friend was devastated for many many years. The collision was unavoidable because the child ran into the road unexpectedly from behind a van, so he was not seen until too late. All present at the time still feel very very guilty. The parents who were close by the child (they felt they should have been more careful). The people on the other side of the road, to where the child was running. The car passengers who regretted not seeing the child in time and the driver who will always wrongly feel he was to blame and some neighbours who were also in the area. Very sad. RIP Caitlin. Can we please support the bus driver who must be devastated too.
Many years ago a close friend of mine knocked over a child who subsequently died. My friend was devastated for many many years. The collision was unavoidable because the child ran into the road unexpectedly from behind a van, so he was not seen until too late. All present at the time still feel very very guilty. The parents who were close by the child (they felt they should have been more careful). The people on the other side of the road, to where the child was running. The car passengers who regretted not seeing the child in time and the driver who will always wrongly feel he was to blame and some neighbours who were also in the area. Very sad. RIP Caitlin. Can we please support the bus driver who must be devastated too. LordCharles
  • Score: 42

4:06pm Thu 20 Mar 14

The Real Librarian says...

jmarsig wrote:
that little girl bus drivers never let up on the gas peddle seen it many times , I decelerate when I drive then brake , I even seen bus drivers go faster , I know all day they want to get to a stop and rest a bit and wanting to meet the time zones but what a price to pay ? the bus company should allow more time to get to the time zones its all money and time is money but for a little girl to pay the price of this is just wrong.... god bless her , she did not have a chance , maybe this will have light on the bus company to make more time for the time zones
Buses have cameras.

There will be no doubt about the cause
[quote][p][bold]jmarsig[/bold] wrote: that little girl bus drivers never let up on the gas peddle seen it many times , I decelerate when I drive then brake , I even seen bus drivers go faster , I know all day they want to get to a stop and rest a bit and wanting to meet the time zones but what a price to pay ? the bus company should allow more time to get to the time zones its all money and time is money but for a little girl to pay the price of this is just wrong.... god bless her , she did not have a chance , maybe this will have light on the bus company to make more time for the time zones[/p][/quote]Buses have cameras. There will be no doubt about the cause The Real Librarian
  • Score: 13

7:16pm Thu 20 Mar 14

leafy1 says...

Robh wrote:
Unfortunately I think the area where it happened is ridiculous. It gives the impression of a pedestrian crossing but it isn't. It is liked the traffic calming next to Morrisons in Haydon people think that is a crossing but it isn't. Road's designed by idiots but don't blame the drivers.
Pretty sure I know the part of road you are talking about and I have seen people standing there waiting to cross at times...
[quote][p][bold]Robh[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately I think the area where it happened is ridiculous. It gives the impression of a pedestrian crossing but it isn't. It is liked the traffic calming next to Morrisons in Haydon people think that is a crossing but it isn't. Road's designed by idiots but don't blame the drivers.[/p][/quote]Pretty sure I know the part of road you are talking about and I have seen people standing there waiting to cross at times... leafy1
  • Score: 4

7:16pm Thu 20 Mar 14

leafy1 says...

Robh wrote:
Unfortunately I think the area where it happened is ridiculous. It gives the impression of a pedestrian crossing but it isn't. It is liked the traffic calming next to Morrisons in Haydon people think that is a crossing but it isn't. Road's designed by idiots but don't blame the drivers.
Pretty sure I know the part of road you are talking about and I have seen people standing there waiting to cross at times...
[quote][p][bold]Robh[/bold] wrote: Unfortunately I think the area where it happened is ridiculous. It gives the impression of a pedestrian crossing but it isn't. It is liked the traffic calming next to Morrisons in Haydon people think that is a crossing but it isn't. Road's designed by idiots but don't blame the drivers.[/p][/quote]Pretty sure I know the part of road you are talking about and I have seen people standing there waiting to cross at times... leafy1
  • Score: 0

7:33pm Thu 20 Mar 14

Morsey says...

There is no safe crossing other than there, so that's why pedestrians have to cross there. The nearest one is around the corner near the post box opposite the surgery.

Not everyone arrives by car to the supermarket and the surgery and leisure centre are opposite Morrisons. There is no comparison between Moredon Road and this location, in reality. It is only a single through road not a coverging three directional stretch just off a small roundabout with probably 8 - 10 times less of the amount of passing traffic.
There is no safe crossing other than there, so that's why pedestrians have to cross there. The nearest one is around the corner near the post box opposite the surgery. Not everyone arrives by car to the supermarket and the surgery and leisure centre are opposite Morrisons. There is no comparison between Moredon Road and this location, in reality. It is only a single through road not a coverging three directional stretch just off a small roundabout with probably 8 - 10 times less of the amount of passing traffic. Morsey
  • Score: 2

9:34pm Thu 20 Mar 14

madreeves says...

jmarsig wrote:
that little girl bus drivers never let up on the gas peddle seen it many times , I decelerate when I drive then brake , I even seen bus drivers go faster , I know all day they want to get to a stop and rest a bit and wanting to meet the time zones but what a price to pay ? the bus company should allow more time to get to the time zones its all money and time is money but for a little girl to pay the price of this is just wrong.... god bless her , she did not have a chance , maybe this will have light on the bus company to make more time for the time zones
You should avoid making such rash, incriminating comments until the facts are known. To say "I decelerate when I drive then brake" indicates to me you are actually a bad driver yourself. Does that mean you are constantly slowing down and braking, so causing confusion to other motorists? I doubt the bus driver had time to perform this task anyway. He'd have emergency braked. From your post, it would seem that English is not your first language so you should be mindful of its context before spouting accusations.
[quote][p][bold]jmarsig[/bold] wrote: that little girl bus drivers never let up on the gas peddle seen it many times , I decelerate when I drive then brake , I even seen bus drivers go faster , I know all day they want to get to a stop and rest a bit and wanting to meet the time zones but what a price to pay ? the bus company should allow more time to get to the time zones its all money and time is money but for a little girl to pay the price of this is just wrong.... god bless her , she did not have a chance , maybe this will have light on the bus company to make more time for the time zones[/p][/quote]You should avoid making such rash, incriminating comments until the facts are known. To say "I decelerate when I drive then brake" indicates to me you are actually a bad driver yourself. Does that mean you are constantly slowing down and braking, so causing confusion to other motorists? I doubt the bus driver had time to perform this task anyway. He'd have emergency braked. From your post, it would seem that English is not your first language so you should be mindful of its context before spouting accusations. madreeves
  • Score: 14

2:13am Fri 21 Mar 14

dogchops says...

jmarsig wrote:
that little girl bus drivers never let up on the gas peddle seen it many times , I decelerate when I drive then brake , I even seen bus drivers go faster , I know all day they want to get to a stop and rest a bit and wanting to meet the time zones but what a price to pay ? the bus company should allow more time to get to the time zones its all money and time is money but for a little girl to pay the price of this is just wrong.... god bless her , she did not have a chance , maybe this will have light on the bus company to make more time for the time zones
What a ****
[quote][p][bold]jmarsig[/bold] wrote: that little girl bus drivers never let up on the gas peddle seen it many times , I decelerate when I drive then brake , I even seen bus drivers go faster , I know all day they want to get to a stop and rest a bit and wanting to meet the time zones but what a price to pay ? the bus company should allow more time to get to the time zones its all money and time is money but for a little girl to pay the price of this is just wrong.... god bless her , she did not have a chance , maybe this will have light on the bus company to make more time for the time zones[/p][/quote]What a **** dogchops
  • Score: 12

2:32am Fri 21 Mar 14

Moth says...

jmarsig wrote:
that little girl bus drivers never let up on the gas peddle seen it many times , I decelerate when I drive then brake , I even seen bus drivers go faster , I know all day they want to get to a stop and rest a bit and wanting to meet the time zones but what a price to pay ? the bus company should allow more time to get to the time zones its all money and time is money but for a little girl to pay the price of this is just wrong.... god bless her , she did not have a chance , maybe this will have light on the bus company to make more time for the time zones
You are a complete and utter fool.

Did you not read the article? Let me remind you of what eyewitnesses said "The little girl darted out infront of the bus".

The bus driver didn't stand a snowball's chance in hell of avoiding that little girl.

From the original report, it would seem that she may have been on a scooter. These scooters are quite fast and when a young child's mind is distracted, they're off before anyone can stop them. Kids of that age just don't think.

I feel sorry for little Caitlin, may she RIP, her family who must be devastated but please let us not forget the poor driver. He must be devastated too.

This was a horrible, tragic accident.
[quote][p][bold]jmarsig[/bold] wrote: that little girl bus drivers never let up on the gas peddle seen it many times , I decelerate when I drive then brake , I even seen bus drivers go faster , I know all day they want to get to a stop and rest a bit and wanting to meet the time zones but what a price to pay ? the bus company should allow more time to get to the time zones its all money and time is money but for a little girl to pay the price of this is just wrong.... god bless her , she did not have a chance , maybe this will have light on the bus company to make more time for the time zones[/p][/quote]You are a complete and utter fool. Did you not read the article? Let me remind you of what eyewitnesses said "The little girl darted out infront of the bus". The bus driver didn't stand a snowball's chance in hell of avoiding that little girl. From the original report, it would seem that she may have been on a scooter. These scooters are quite fast and when a young child's mind is distracted, they're off before anyone can stop them. Kids of that age just don't think. I feel sorry for little Caitlin, may she RIP, her family who must be devastated but please let us not forget the poor driver. He must be devastated too. This was a horrible, tragic accident. Moth
  • Score: 16

9:22am Sat 22 Mar 14

RichardR1 says...

Clearly the first poster never read the article where the police have already said it appears just a tragic accident, something the police are not prone to do if there is any doubt.

A tragic loss of a young life, which hopefully will wake up parents to the very real dangers on our roads. It's no good young children being yards ahead of you, they do react to friends etc.
Clearly the first poster never read the article where the police have already said it appears just a tragic accident, something the police are not prone to do if there is any doubt. A tragic loss of a young life, which hopefully will wake up parents to the very real dangers on our roads. It's no good young children being yards ahead of you, they do react to friends etc. RichardR1
  • Score: 1

8:59am Sun 23 Mar 14

Always Grumpy says...

jmarsig wrote:
that little girl bus drivers never let up on the gas peddle seen it many times , I decelerate when I drive then brake , I even seen bus drivers go faster , I know all day they want to get to a stop and rest a bit and wanting to meet the time zones but what a price to pay ? the bus company should allow more time to get to the time zones its all money and time is money but for a little girl to pay the price of this is just wrong.... god bless her , she did not have a chance , maybe this will have light on the bus company to make more time for the time zones
What an illiterate moron..............
[quote][p][bold]jmarsig[/bold] wrote: that little girl bus drivers never let up on the gas peddle seen it many times , I decelerate when I drive then brake , I even seen bus drivers go faster , I know all day they want to get to a stop and rest a bit and wanting to meet the time zones but what a price to pay ? the bus company should allow more time to get to the time zones its all money and time is money but for a little girl to pay the price of this is just wrong.... god bless her , she did not have a chance , maybe this will have light on the bus company to make more time for the time zones[/p][/quote]What an illiterate moron.............. Always Grumpy
  • Score: 4

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