A Fife man has appeared in court charged with dangerous driving after two schoolboys were hit by a bus earlier this year.
John Morrison, 59, of Marmion Drive, Glenrothes, is accused of causing serious injury to a 13-year-old boy by driving dangerously and failing to properly observe his surroundings in Allan Crescent, Dunfermline, on February 28.
The charge also alleges that he hit another boy, who was aged 12 at the time, and caused injury to him in the same incident.
Morrison pled not guilty to the offence by letter in August.
The case has now been continued for a further week following his appearance before Sheriff Derek Reekie at Dunfermline Sheriff Court yesterday.
Morrison’s solicitor told the court there had been “ongoing discussions” between her and the Crown Office, and lodged a motion to continue the case for a week to allow the talks to continue.
Depute fiscal Azrah Yousaf confirmed prosecutors had no objection to the continuation and a further hearing was scheduled for Dunfermline Sheriff Court on November 16.
It follows an incident, which happened in a car park beside Abbeyview Bowling Club shortly before 3.45pm on February 28 and sparked a huge response from police, the Scottish Ambulance Service and the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service.
A 13-year-old boy suffered serious leg and arm injuries as a result of a collision involving a Bay Travel bus, and was trapped under the vehicle for around 30 minutes while firefighters worked to free him.
He was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary under police escort, although no further details about his condition were divulged until yesterday’s court hearing.
The other boy, who is now aged 13, was treated at the scene, where he was described as “walking wounded” by paramedics.
Neither child can be named for legal reasons.