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EXCLUSIVE: Axed ‘clairvoyant’ bus driver sensed trouble so didn’t stop

By Alasdair Gill, 22 October 2013 10.41am.

A “clairvoyant” Dundee bus driver refused to pick up kids queueing at a bus stop — because he sensed something bad would happen.

The National Express Dundee employee’s vehicle swept past youngsters on the school run. He has now been sacked, after telling company bosses he failed to stop because he is clairvoyant.

The driver had a premonition that something bad would happen and decided to keep on driving.

Stewart Hunter, Dundee City Council’s education convener, said he was concerned youngsters had been left at the side of the road and would have been late for school.

He said: “I can’t comment on what’s happened to the bus driver. It’s important for kids to be able to get to school on time. If the bus doesn’t stop then that’s something that would concern me.

“It’s good National Express has taken action and I’m sure they would be concerned too about kids not being picked up.”

The driver was hauled in following the incident last week and said today he intends to appeal the decision.

A spokeswoman for National Express Dundee declined to comment.

She said: “We don’t discuss conversations with individual members of staff.”

People who say they are clairvoyant claim to have a psychic ability which allows them to gain information about an object, person, location or physical event through means other than the known human senses.

The concept of clairvoyance gained some support from the US and Soviet governments both during and after the Cold War, and both governments made several attempts to harness it as an intelligence gathering tool. However, psychic abilities have never been scientifically proven.

National Express Dundee employs 360 people and has 130 buses and coaches.

There have been a series of dismissals from the firm over the past year. One driver was sacked for making an obscene hand gesture at a bus-spotter, who caught the incident on camera.

Another driver allegedly covered up a CCTV camera with a bus ticket.