Driver of Exeter St David's double-decker bus crash fined

A driver of a double-decker bus which crashed into a steel canopy at a Devon railway station has been ordered to pay nearly £200.

Sean Ankers, 23, from Gordon Road, Topsham, smashed into the canopy at Exeter St David's station and glass from its windows shattered.

Exeter Magistrates' Court heard it was his first week on a double-decker bus and his first day on the route.

No-one was injured during the crash in October, the court heard.

'Momentary lapse'

Defence lawyer Beth Heaton said Ankers had to negotiate a badly parked taxi at the busy station and struck the canopy which juts out.

"He simply made a mistake. He has had re-training and feels more confident but is not driving double-deckers for a while."

Prosecutor Mark Haddow said the incident was "a momentary lapse" in judgement as Ankers mistakenly pulled into a bus stop for single-deckers rather than the one for double-deckers."

Ankers admitted careless driving and was fined £80 and £105 costs and had three points added to his driving licence.

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