Bus driver arrested on suspicion of causing passenger’s death by dangerous driving in Leeds

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A bus driver has been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving after a fatal collision with a passenger in Leeds.

The 63-year-old victim was hit shortly after getting off the number 13 service in Middleton on Boxing Day.

He died at the scene.

Police are now appealing for witnesses.

Det Sgt Carole Greaves, of West Yorkshire Police’s major collision enquiry team, said: “We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident, as we try to establish the full circumstances that led to this man’s death.

“We are particularly keen to trace a potential witness who was a female passenger who we believe left the bus at the same time as the deceased.”

The incident happened at 5.50pm on Friday, after the double-decker pulled up at its final stop in Middleton Park Avenue, at the junction with Throstle Road.

It collided with the man as it was turning around to return to the depot.

The 48-year-old man who was driving the bus stopped at the scene. He was arrested and questioned before being released on bail pending further enquiries.

First bus, which operates the service, is helping the police investigation. A spokesman said: “We understand the pedestrian had been a passenger on the same bus.

“We are giving our full support to the police at this time as part of their investigation into this very sad incident.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact the major collision enquiry team via 101.