Drop Down Menu

Pensioner dies trying to catch bus 16.11.07

PEOPLE in Manorcunningham are demanding the reinstatement of a bus stop in their village after a pensioner was killed as he crossed a busy road to catch a bus.
Seamus Gorman, 65, was fatally injured after being struck by a van around 6pm on Wednesday. He was attempting to cross the main road to catch the Lough Swilly bus from Letterkenny to Derry as he did every day.
Prior to a spate of cutbacks due to a lack of Government subsidies, the Lough Swilly bus would go through the village to collect passengers.
When the service was axed, locals took to the airwaves in a campaign to have the service reinstated.
They also collected a petition with 480 names that was submitted to the Lough Swilly Bus Company calling for a return of their village stop.
Manorcunningham Resource Centre chairperson, Carmel Doherty, said Mr. Gorman's death highlighted the need to reinstate the bus stop in the village immediately.
"The Lough Swilly bus service was rerouted out of the village and instead of actually coming directly to the village now, anybody who needs to catch the bus has to go down to the main Derry road," Ms. Doherty told Highland Radio.
"Most of the bus users are either young people using it to go to Letterkenny or our old age pensioners who would use it to go into Letterkenny for their shopping or to get their pensions." For Mr. Gorman's funeral arrangements click here .
Return to > News