Bus driver admits causing crash on A68 near Earlston

The A68 between Earlston and Leaderfoot.
The A68 between Earlston and Leaderfoot.

A bus driver has been ordered to carry out 50 hours’ unpaid work for causing a crash on the A68 Edinburgh-Darlington road.

Craig Galbraith, 36, crashed a Borders Buses vehicle into the back of a van, shunting it into a third vehicle, between Leaderfoot and Earlston on the morning of January 27.

Galbraith, of Woodburn Bank, Dalkeith, Midlothian, said he travelled along that stretch of road 20 times a week and never expected anyone to be turning right into a lay-by, but he admitted a charge of careless driving.

Selkirk Sheriff Court was told he is no longer employed by Borders Buses.

Sheriff Peter Paterson described the accident as being down to “a loss of concentration due to overfamiliarity with the road”.

Galbraith had his driving licence endorsed with six penalty points and was ordered to carry out the unpaid work as an alternative to a fine.