A SCHOOL bus driver hurt 12 kids by slamming the brakes on because pupils kept pressing the stop bell, a court heard yesterday.
Roger Wells, 63, allegedly hit the pedal so hard he flung one boy into the upstairs windscreen with such force it cracked.
Wells is said to have started swearing at the 98 children going home on the overloaded double-decker, which has capacity of 84.
A pole on the lower deck was ripped out as he braked and it hit screaming children, the court was told.
Pupils say Wells had yelled “F***ing stop ringing that bell” and then drove “faster than usual” before the sudden stop in Wallcrouch, near Wadhurst, East Sussex.
He stepped over kids lying down to replace the pole before driving back to Uplands Community College, jurors heard.
A 14-year-old hit by the pole while holding another said: “It felt like if I had let go, I would’ve gone through the windscreen.”
Hams Travel suspended Wells following the incident[/caption]
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Wells, of Wadhurst, was suspended by Hams Travel following the incident.
He denies driving without due care and attention and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.
The Lewes crown court trial continues.
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