Coventry Sainsbury's bus crash: Driver is 'former town mayor aged 77'

Coventry Sainsbury's bus crash: Driver is 'former town mayor aged 77' coventry telegraph

Driver reported as former Labour councillor who had worked for Stagecoach Midlands for 42 years A double-decker bus which crashed in to a Sainsbury's supermarket in Coventry city centre on Saturday evening was driven by a 77-year-old former town mayor, according to reports.

The crash - which occurred at around 6pm on Saturday evening in Trinity Street - left two dead, including a seven-year-old boy

Daily Mail and Telegraph have both named the driver as Kailash Chander, a former Labour councillor and Leamington Mayor who had worked for Stagecoach Midlands for 42 years.

Mr Chander is understood to have been behind the wheel when the 17.33 X18 service from Coventry to Leamington lost control and mounted the pavement in Trinity Street before ploughing into pedestrians and smashing into the supermarket.

Yesterday it was confirmed the driver was recovering at home after the crash, which also claimed the life of a Nuneaton woman in her 70s, and left an eight-year-old girl in a critical but stable condition in hospital A colleague of the driver, who is a married father of two, told the Daily Mail: "He is a polite, kind man who has done a lot for the community – he was a former town mayor.

"I have never known him to have a crash before. This tragedy will stay with him for ever."

The Mail also reports that a second bus driver, who worked alongside Mr Chander at the depot in the former mayor's home town of Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, said he was not aware of old age being a barrier to driving a bus with the company.

A Stagecoach source who worked at the same depot as Mr Chander, meanwhile, said the bus had been impounded for examination and added: "The management are not expecting any defects to be found with the vehicle.

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