Bus driver denies guilt in fatal crash

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The driver who lost control of a city bus near Oslo’s busy Carl Berners Plass Sunday night has finally undergone questioning by police and denied any charges against her. The dramatic incident left one person dead, three others injured and resulted in both structural and vehicular damage.

Police wouldn’t go into detail about what the woman driving the bus has said under questioning, other than to confirm to Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) Wednesday morning that “she has given her version of what she experienced.”

‘Hasn’t done anything wrong’
Frode Andreassen of the Oslo Police District told NRK that she has not accepted any criminal responsibility for the fatal accident, won’t admit to doing anything that could have set the bus careening out of control, and she has protested seizure of her bus driver’s license.

“She believes that she hasn’t done anything wrong,” Andreassen told NRK.

She submitted to questioning Tuesday afternoon and chose not to have a defense attorney present, but she was accompanied by an official from her labour organization. She also submitted to a blood test, leading to the formal filing of charges against her. Police have said they had no reason to believe she was under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of the accident. The results of her blood test were not immediately made available.

Investigations proceeding
Andreassen said the questioning “proceeded normally, but the woman was naturally enough affected by such a serious accident.”

Witnesses have said it began when her bus collided with a security guard’s vehicle at the intersection on Trondheimsveien just north of Carl Berners Plass. Passengers were let off the bus and both she and the security guard reportedly decided to move their vehicles off the busy street while they filled out accident reports. That’s when her bus started rolling out of control, crashed into a stoplight and streetlight, jumped the curb into a pedestrian area where people were milling around a Christmas tree sales lot and then rolled downhill, eventually crashing into parked cars.

Police continue to investigate both this accident and another fatal bus accident the night before, farther north on Trondheimsveien. The driver of that bus was killed, and police hope autopsy reports may offer clues into its cause.

newsinenglish.no/Nina Berglund