Driver admits horror bus smash

Adrian Duchniak leaving at Wakefield Magistrates' Court.
Adrian Duchniak leaving at Wakefield Magistrates' Court.

A motorist who hit a bus at 84mph has admitted dangerous driving and causing the bus driver grievous bodily harm.

Adrian Piotr Duchniak, 30, was travelling at double the speed limit when he collided with the 149 Arriva service on Doncaster Road, Crofton, last November.

The horror smash left two people in his car fighting for their lives and seriously injured bus driver June Place, plus several of her passengers.

Prosecutor Karen Medley told city magistrates this afternoon (Friday): “Travelling at high speed, more than twice the 40mph limit, the defendant has collided with a bus and it can be seen the speedometer of his vehicle had stuck on impact at 84mph.

“The inevitable collision that occurred resulted in life-threatening injuries to his two passengers and very serious injuries to himself, the bus driver and some of the passengers on the bus.

“All passengers who were on the bus attended hospital for treatment for various injuries.”

The court heard the bus driver had to be cut free and it was only in recent weeks that everybody had been released from hospital.

Duchniak, of Warren Avenue, Portobello, was also in court to face three other dangerous driving charges which are alleged to have happened prior to the bus crash at 2.15pm on November 9.

But he did not enter a plea in relation to those charges or two counts of grievous bodily harm relating to his passengers’ injuries.

He denied a further charge of being double the drink-drive limit.

Magistrates adjourned all matters until July 19. But Duchniak was made subject to an interim driving ban.