13 June 2009

A shock for the morning cleaner

Southwark Coronor's Court heard on Friday how a passenger on the top deck of a London Central Service 36 bus was left dead for 6 hours overnight.

The incident happened on 19 January when the bus returned to its depot and the driver attempted to wake the now dead passenger, Mr Modzelewski, 25, of no fixed abode, to (obviously) no avail. The driver told the court that he'd forgotten to check on the passenger after cashing in, and went home, leaving the body on the top deck until he was found the following morning.

Pawel Modzelewski was seen boarding the bus in Queen's Park at around 0030 on 19 January and could be seen slumped over the seat in front 12 minutes later. The Coroner's narrative verdict was death by drink and drugs.

London Central did not comment on whether or not anyone from their company had been subject to disciplinary action. (CW)