Bus company investigated after tragedy

Shoreline Cruisers on Queen Margarets Industrial Estate. pic Richard Ponter 151508a
Shoreline Cruisers on Queen Margarets Industrial Estate. pic Richard Ponter 151508a
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Shoreline Suncruisers is 
being probed in the wake of the tragic death of Hunmanby man Neil Brown, who died 
repairing one of its buses.

The 42-year-old was “crushed” while trying to repair a defect on one of the firm’s fleet on Tuesday of last week.

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) this week began investigating the firm, with several vehicles inspected at the company’s Scarborough depot on Queen Margaret’s industrial estate.

Speaking of the “tragic circumstances” behind Mr Brown’s death, Shoreline’s transport manager Tom Stephenson said: “We’ve known and worked with Neil for 18 years and we’ve been truly devastated by what happened to him.

“At this current time we don’t know the reasons behind what happened– we don’t know why he was under the bus.”

The ongoing DVSA investigation is the latest one sparked by the death of the “village legend”, whose passing rocked Hunmanby to its core.

The Health and Safety executive is also understood to be investigating the tragedy.

North Yorkshire Police is also looking into the circumstances behind the death, as it prepares a report for the coroner ahead of an inquest, which was opened and adjourned on Friday.

The force has also apologised after initially claiming the incident occurred at City Electrical Factors, which is nearby.

Further tributes have been paid around Hunmanby this week, ahead of Mr Brown’s 
funeral.

The service will be held at East Riding Crematorium on Friday May 1 at 2pm, with his family requesting well-wishers make donations to St 
Catherine’s Hospice in his memory.

Mr Brown initially survived after the bus, which weighs several tons, landed on him.

He was rushed to Scarborough Hospital with major injuries, but was pronounced dead just after arriving.

After news broke, friends posted pictures on Facebook of a single beer can rested on top of their cars which overlooked the village.

And across social media, hundreds of friends paid tribute to a “genuinely lovely person”.