A survivor of the horrific A90 crash which killed three people today thanked a bus driver for saving her life.
Anna Marie Stewart, who was a passenger on the Citylink coach involved in the three-vehicle crash near Drumlithie on Tuesday, spoke as it was revealed a 34-year-old man had been charged in connection with the crash.
Anna Marie said if it wasn’t for the actions of the bus driver, passengers could have been left “lying in a ditch”.
The 53-year-old from Woodside, who had been travelling to Aberdeen after visiting her mother in Glasgow, said: “My heart goes out to the bus driver. He saved our lives.
“It was just amazing how he controlled that bus. He did everything he could to avoid it and he couldn’t.
“He controlled that bus, we could have been lying in a ditch.”
The mum-of-six said the scenes resembled a “horror movie”, with the bus driver left picking glass off his face and eyes.
She added: “He was covered in glass. Everyone was shocked and everyone was frightened.
“It was like a living nightmare. You could see the devastation on his face.
“That man must be in some kind of shock. He’s saved all our lives.”
She added that the driver also made sure to move the bus slightly down the road to make sure passengers did not see the horrific scenes.
But Anna Marie said she has been having “nightmares” since the incident, adding she had been “gobsmacked” when officers came on the bus to say there had been three fatalities.
She said: “The police were amazing with how quickly they came.
“It’s such a shame that lives have been lost on that road.”
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Meanwhile, the police officer investigating the tragedy has revealed it may take days to formally identify the three people killed in the accident.
Two men and one woman – travelling in the same car – were killed when the Citylink coach, red Renault Megane and Ford B Max collided on the A90 near Drumlithie.
The road was closed in both directions for almost 24 hours while a meticulous investigation was carried out at the scene.
It is understood the three victims are all foreign nationals.
Chief Inspector Stewart Mackie said investigations were still being carried out to identify the individuals.
All three were travelling in the Renault Megane, which had five occupants inside.
The driver of the vehicle and a woman were also taken to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.
The man had minor injuries and the woman was seriously hurt.
Officers have thanked members of the public who stopped and helped them after the crash.
Police said the man charged in connection with the incident was the driver of the Megane. He was expected to appear at Aberdeen Sheriff Court today.
Chief Insp Mackie said emergency service staff were met with a “challenging” scene on Tuesday.
Chief Insp Mackie said: “At 4.30pm on Tuesday police and other emergency services were called to the A90 after a three-vehicle road traffic collision near Drumlithie.
“At that time it was a particularly challenging scene for all the emergency services attending and indeed members of the public who stopped to help us.
“Sadly three people died at the scene and four people were taken to hospital. Three of those had serious injuries.
“We take the investigation into an incident like this very seriously.
“It is important for us to carry out a thorough investigation to capture as much evidence from the scene so we can piece together what has happened.
“I appreciate it has taken a long time to gather evidence from the scene, but this has been due to the challenging circumstances and the weather.
“I want to pass on my appreciation to members of the public for their patience while we carried out that work.”