Man says incident left him ‘mentally scarred’

The damaged shelter after the incident in June last year.
The damaged shelter after the incident in June last year.
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A MAN who claims he was left mentally scarred by a bus crash is taking legal action against transport chiefs.

Stuart Kinsella was waiting at a shelter in Victoria Road West, Cleveleys, when it was struck by a double decker bus in June last year.

Mr Kinsella says he still has flashbacks to the incident, in which a 17-year-old girl was left badly cut.

And the 49-year-old is now taking legal action against Blackpool Transport.

Mr Kinsella, of Kincraig Road, Bispham, said: “They’ve not even sent a letter of apology.

“I feel mostly annoyed because at the end of the day it’s just one word, isn’t it?

“I tried ringing Blackpool Transport and they wouldn’t help me.”

In the aftermath of the incident, eyewitnesses and local business owners said they were amazed no one was killed in the terrifying crash.

Coincidentally an accident had happened three years previously at the same shelter when it was hit by another Blackpool Transport bus.

Business owners and shoppers rushed to the aid of the three people at the bus stop, one of whom was Mr Kinsella, and a further eight nearby who were hit by flying glass.

A 17-year-old girl was taken to hospital with a head wound after the number nine bus struck the shelter.

Recalling the incident, Mr Kinsella said: “It just collapsed and it’s injured me mentally because I saw a 17-year-old girl get glass in her face.

“I was lucky enough to get out but it’s done my head in, I’m in a state of bad nerves.

“You can’t explain what it was like, you would’ve had to be there.

“There are no words for it.”

Mr Kinsella now hopes legal action will result in compensation from the firm.

A spokesman for Blackpool Transport said: “The matter is in the hands of the legal representatives of both parties.

“It would be inappropriate for us to discuss the matter outside of that arena”.

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