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Natasha Paton FAI: Teacher had 'no weather concerns'

Natasha Jade Paton
Image caption Natasha Paton died in the crash near Biggar in South Lanarkshire

A teacher has told a court that he had no concerns about the weather before a school bus crashed during a snow storm, killing a 17-year-old pupil.

Peter Colquhoun, a physics teacher at Lanark Grammar School, was giving evidence at a fatal accident inquiry (FAI) into the death of Natasha Paton.

He said "snow happens in Scotland and people still complete their journeys".

Natasha died after a coach carrying 39 pupils and five staff hit a bridge and went into a river on 31 March 2010.

The 17-year-old, from Cleghorn, South Lanarkshire, was on a school trip to Alton Towers theme park in Staffordshire when the accident happened.

The driver lost control of the vehicle on a bend during treacherous conditions on the A73 at Wiston, near Biggar.

The bus collided with a bridge and tumbled down an embankment where the front end came to be submerged in the river.

The FAI at Lanark Sheriff Court continues.

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