Bus driver killed by own vehicle doors

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Darren Morley

A bus driver has been killed after getting his neck stuck in his vehicle's folding doors.

Darren Morley, a driver for Stagecoach in Wigan, was found with his head and hands trapped in the doors on the outside of the bus, with the rest of his body remaining inside.

Jurors at an inquest into the death of the 50-year-old are yet to view CCTV footage of the incident, which saw Mr Morley investigate a malfunction with the doors after the last of his passengers had alighted, in a lay by in the Bryn area.

The footage shows the father of four becoming trapped in the doors and him struggling to free himself.

His body was later found by passer-by Amanda Bowdler, who told the court: "All the lights were on but the driver wasn't sitting in his seat and I knew something was wrong. I have seen buses parked there before," The Mirror reports.

"I went past and doubled backed and that's when I saw Mr Morley trapped in the doors of the bus. He showed no signs of life.

"I ran in the middle of the road and flagged a lorry driver down. He felt Mr Morley's neck and thought he was dead."

Giving evidence at the inquest, consultant forensic pathologist Dr Naomi Carter stated that the cause of Mr Morley's death was compression of the neck.

She went on to explain that injuries to his forearms and legs indicated that Mr Morley had struggled to free himself before he died.

In a statement, Mr Morley's partner, Angela Connor, paid tribute to him, saying: "Darren will be missed by all who came to know him, especially me, his children, his family and his friends.

"He was a wonderful person. I'm devastated by his death and wonder how I will cope."

The inquest continues.