Coach driver dies after collapsing

A 44-YEAR-OLD coach driver died today after he collapsed with a suspected brain haemorrhage during a training course.

The driver was taking part in the course which was being held within the ELVA Recovery garage premises in Bridge Way, in West St Leonards on Saturday. It had been organised by Ramblers Coaches for eight of their drivers.

The man collapsed and fell unconscious around 3.20pm inside the building and staff called the Ambulance Service.

An ambulance and two quick response cars were sent to the scene.

An air ambulance was then called in and flew the victim to Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury.

The man was placed on a life-support machine over the weekend but died earlier today.

Colin Rowland, director of St Leonards-based Ramblers, said: “Everyone is in shock here.

“The driver was relatively young and had only been with us for a year. He was a valued member of staff.

“They flew him to hospital but I believe they turned the life support machine off this morning. He had suffered some kind of brain haemorrhage we believe.

“He had been taking part in a training course which is compulsory for all coach drivers. It was the fourth day of a seven day course.

“Our thoughts are with the driver’s family.”

Richard Airey, spokesman for South East Coast Ambulance, said: “We were called to Bridge Way just after 3.20pm on Saturday.

“A man had collapsed and was in need of medical attention.

“An ambulance and two cars attended. The victim was treated before an air ambulance took him to Tunbridge Wells Hospital.”