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Glasgow-bound Rangers fan bus which crashed killing supporter was like 'a rollercoaster'


A RAIL worker has told a jury a Rangers supporters bus which crashed killing a fan was like “a rollercoaster” as it entered a roundabout.

Philip Storrie, 53, from Kirkconnel in Dumfriesshire, was was giving evidence at the trial of bus driver Callum Phillips who denies killing 39-year-old Ryan Baird by dangerous driving.

Phillips, 49, from Dalbeattie, Dumfries, is alleged to have caused the supporters bus to crash at the Crossroads Roundabout, near Kilmarnock, on October 1, 2016.

Mr Baird, from Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, died as he and 36 fellow Rangers fans were travelling to Glasgow for a home match against Partick Thistle with a 3pm kick-off.

He was trapped in the wreckage after the bus collided with a lamp post and rolled over onto its side.

In evidence , Mr Storrie told the High Court in Glasgow on Thursday that he heard someone say “Whoa!” about 100 yards from the roundabout.

He added: “It became apparent to me we were approaching it too fast. I said the bus is going to cowp here.”

Prosecutor Richard Goddard asked Mr Storrie: “What did you do?” and he replied: “There was a window and I braced myself against it. We came round the roundabout like a roller coaster fashion. The bus rocked to the left and to the right.”

John Campbell, 69, from Sanquhar, told the jury he was sitting at the back of the bus when it crashed.

He said: “I was knocked over by someone else. I finished up on top of the man who died.”

Mr Campbell said he was knocked unconscious and when he came to a firefighter was walking towards him.

The court heard that firefighters had to stabilise the bus and built a platform before they could remove Mr Campbell from  the bus. He suffered a bruised leg and deep cuts to his arms and needed skin grafts.

The trial before judge Lady Stacey continues.



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