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Damages for injured Bluebird bus crash pupil

Accident scene
Image caption The crash happened in 2010

A former pupil injured when a school-run double-decker bus overturned has been awarded £20,000 in damages.

Cheryl Forbes suffered a fractured collar bone in the 2010 accident on the B9120 Laurencekirk to St Cyrus road and later underwent surgery leaving her with scarring.

She was a pupil at Mearns Academy in Laurencekirk.

A civil jury at the Court of Session in Edinburgh ruled that Bluebird Buses was liable in the action.

Miss Forbes, of St Cyrus, was awarded damages for her pain, suffering and inconvenience.

Her counsel, Simon Di Rollo QC, told jurors that it was "a very frightening experience".

Full investigation

Speaking about the crash, Miss Forbes said "When I look back on things now I can remember the bus overturning and everyone screaming. It took me a long time to get over what happened and I still can't travel by bus."

Stagecoach, who operate the Bluebird services, said the amount of damages awarded was reduced in recognition of the fact that the passenger was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the accident.

A spokesman added: "Safety is and always will be our absolute priority. The service involved was operated under contract to Aberdeenshire Council.

"We carried out a full joint investigation with the local authority into the circumstances of the incident at the time.

"Our thoughts remain with the pupils and families involved. We are disappointed in the outcome but accept the court's decision."

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