A66 coach crash driver toldpassenger he wanted to sleep

Date: Friday 17th May 2019

A COACH driver whose vehicle crashed on to a roundabout near Keswick has gone on trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

Darryle Warren (52), Scotland Road, Carnforth, denies one charge alleging he drove a Reays bus dangerously while returning people to West Cumbria after they had watched a rugby league Grand Final game in Manchester.

Passengers raised concerns after seeing the coach “drifting” between lanes on the M6 northbound late on 7th October, 2017.

Trip organiser Scott Graham asked Warren if he was tired, and said the driver replied: “I wish I could go to sleep.”

On the A66 westbound, the coach crashed on to the Crosthwaite roundabout island near Keswick just after 11-20pm.

Samantha Flynn was travelling with her 13-year-old son. “I could tell the coach was not going to stop. I was petrified and scared for the safety of myself and my son.” The coach came to a rest in the mud. Interviewed after the collision, Warren told police he misjudged his roundabout approach, entering it “too sharp and too quick”. “I’m totally at fault for this,” he said. “I’m disgusted with myself. It’s a mistake I will never make again.”

Of the A66 incident, Warren told jurors: “When I realised the roundabout was there and I wasn’t going to be able to negotiate safely I quickly assessed the situation, and thought I need to put this coach somewhere safe.

“The safest option being where I ended up, on the roundabout. It was the safest option — the only place I can put that vehicle safely and not have a lot of casualties.”

Warren — who admits careless driving — had woken at 6am and driven 130 miles from Wakefield before starting his Reays shift.