Bus company bosses admit 'regret and sorrow'

A bus operator has expressed its sorrow over a fatal crash after failing to prevent risks of 'driver error' linked to fatigue and excessive working hours.

Midland Red (South) Ltd pleaded guilty to two charges brought under Health and Safety law after an inquiry into the 2015 deaths of a passenger and a pedestrian in Coventry city centre.

The firm's solicitor entered guilty pleas to both charges at Coventry Magistrates' Court a week after 79-year-old bus driver Kailash Chander appeared before JPs charged with causing death by dangerous driving.

Midland Red (South) Ltd pleaded guilty to two charges brought under Health and Safety law after an inquiry into the 2015 deaths of a passenger and a pedestrian in Coventry city centre

Midland Red (South) Ltd pleaded guilty to two charges brought under Health and Safety law after an inquiry into the 2015 deaths of a passenger and a pedestrian in Coventry city centre

The 13-ton Stagecoach bus ploughed into the front of the Sainsbury's in Coventry city centre at 6pm on October 3, 2015

The 13-ton Stagecoach bus ploughed into the front of the Sainsbury's in Coventry city centre at 6pm on October 3, 2015

The 13-ton Stagecoach bus ploughed into the front of the Sainsbury's in Coventry city centre at 6pm on October 3, 2015

The wreckage of the Stagecoach bus that ploughed into the Sainsbury's in Coventry

The wreckage of the Stagecoach bus that ploughed into the Sainsbury's in Coventry

Bus passenger Rowan Fitzgerald, aged seven, was killed

Dora Hancox

Bus passenger Rowan Fitzgerald, aged seven, and 76-year-old pedestrian Dora Hancox were both pronounced dead at the scene of the crash in Trinity Street, Coventry

The firm, which was committed for sentence at Warwick Crown Court, admitted a charge of failing to ensure the safety of employees between April 2015 and the day of the fatal crash six months later.

The second charge admitted by the company stated that it failed to ensure members of the public were not exposed to risks to their safety arising out of

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