01 February 2008

Driver of NX Neoplan denies death charges

An employee of Park's of Hamilton, employed to operate National Express coach services, has denied causing the deaths of three passengers by dangerous driving in a crash near Heathrow Airport in the early hours of 4 January 2007.

Philip Rooney, from Lanarkshire, was driving service 592 between London-Aberdeen when it overturned on the M4/M25 slip road around 13 months ago. Two people died soon afterwards and a third died six months later.

Mr Rooney, 48, pleaded not guilty to three counts when he appeared at Reading Magistrates' Court on Tuesday. He was bailed to appear at Oxford Crown Court on 8 September ahead of a trial on 27 October.

Christina Toner, 76, from Dundee, and Yi Di Lin, 30, a Chinese national, died in the crash while John Carruthers, 78, of Chertsey, Surrey died in hospital on 1 July.