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Driver admits fault over East Lothian bus crash death

Colin Snell Image copyright Ciaran Donnelly
Image caption Colin Snell pleaded guilty to a charge of causing death by driving without undue care and attention

A driver has admitted causing the death of a pensioner when his car struck a bus in East Lothian.

Colin Snell, 69, failed to stop at a give way sign at a junction on the A1087 road near Dunbar on 18 September 2013.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard how his car hit the bus and caused it to become embedded in a cottage.

A bus passenger was thrown from his seat and later died. Sentence on Snell was deferred until January.

Alexander Shiell, 79, hit a handrail within the bus and then landed in the aisle, the court heard.

His health worsened in the months after the incident. He developed pneumonia and died at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary on 5 February.

'Sincere condolences'

Snell, of Cockburnspath in the Borders, was with his wife when he drove his grey Vauxhall Antara car through a give way sign at Shore Road and turned on to Edinburgh Road.

It hit a single-decker bus which then ploughed through the front of a cottage.

Image caption The bus was embedded in a cottage on Edinburgh Road

The bus driver and a number of passengers also received medical treatment.

Accident investigators established Snell was to blame for the collision.

The court heard the 69-year-old driver wanted to express his "sincere condolences" to Mr Shiell's family for the loss of their loved one.

Sheriff Thomas Welsh deferred sentence in order for the court to obtain character reports.

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