The bus driver who was involved in the bus crash on the outskirts of Newport faces a painful and long journey to recovery after damaging his vertebrae.
The driver who has been named as Steve Pitman from Freshwater remains in hospital awaiting further scans and treatment from the fatal collision that claimed the life of mum of four Yvonne Copeland.
Steve was cut from his cab by fire crews after he attempted to steer his loaded bus away from a silver Mini Cooper that had failed to stop at the junction of Whitehouse Road.
Friends of Steve have said that he is a true professional driver, he’s worked for Southern Vectis for over 13 years.
He has driven buses for most of his life. He’s not a risk taker. He’s a people’s person who would do anything for anyone.
A lot of us are still in shock over the events. In the depot this morning it really hit home. It’s really hard to comprehend that a life has been taken. No one ever wants to be part of that.
Family members have been at Steves bedside since the tragedy happened. His partner Michelle moon and his close network of friends are helping where they can said the family friend.
We just have to now take things slowly.
We will know how bad the damage to Steve’s vertebrae is after he’s had the MRI scan.
Lots of regulars have been asking after Steve since the incident happened. We just need sometime alone for Steve to recover and Police to carry out their investigation.
Richard Tyldsley, General Manager of Southern Vectis said in a statement:
“This is very distressing for all concerned and I would like to pass our sincere condolences to their family and friends. “We are assisting the Police as they carry out their enquiries, and are also conducting our own investigation”.