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Bus company fumes probe

PUBLISHED: 19:03 26 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:06 22 October 2010

Bus operator First is investigating claims that drivers are being poisoned by fumes leaking into their cabs. Half a dozen double-deckers were forced off the road at the weekend after paramedics were called to a driver who was overcome by fumes in his bus which had come to a halt in Castle Meadow, Norwich.

Bus operator First is investigating claims that drivers are being poisoned by fumes in their cabs.

Half a dozen double-deckers were forced off the road at the weekend after paramedics were called to a 54-year-old driver overcome by fumes in his bus which had come to a halt in Castle Meadow, Norwich.

It is now feared the problem could be with First's ageing fleet. The ambulance was called just before 10.30am on Friday. The man did not require hospital treatment.

Over the past few months there are believed to have been at least four or five cases of drivers taken ill after driving old-style double-deckers, many 17 years old.

Roger Haywood, strategic adviser for First, said nothing hazardous was found, but the company was to discuss further investigation.

"We're aware of several incidents and understand that it has happened on more than one sort of bus. Six buses have been taken out of service. We're obviously having a very careful check on these from the engineering point of views.

"There's no evident problem with any of these buses and certainly no apparent risk to health. We have found nothing hazardous."


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