Driver smashed into bus during 3-point turn

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A DRIVER smashed into a bus as she tried to do a three-point turn in a car full of children.

Debbie Knox, 31, was angry because the bus driver had refused to move his vehicle out of her way, a court heard.

In her haste to drive off, she engaged reverse gear instead of first and hit the accelerator of her black Nissan Qashqai.

Livingston Sheriff Court heard the car shot backwards and slammed into the bus, which was parked at a stance at Livingston bus station.

Prosecutor Stuart Houston said three people on the bus had been hurt and the bus driver had been off work for three months as a result of the accident.

Darryl Lovie, defending, said his client was in a hurry to leave after a confrontation with the bus driver and had been distracted by the children.

Knox, from Whitburn, pleaded guilty to driving dangerously and behaving in a threatening and abusive manner on June 25 last year.

She was sentenced to 100 hours of unpaid work and had five penalty points added to her licence.