Bus driver ‘swears’ at funeral procession in Barkingside
PUBLISHED: 06:55 15 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:50 16 September 2016
A grieving son says a bus driver “cut up” his father’s funeral procession and made obscene hand gestures.
Ken Luxton, 50, was driving along Fencepiece Road, Barkingside, in a line of 10 cars following a hearse.
He says that a 150 bus, which was parked at a bus stop, attempted to pull out in the middle of the procession.
Mr Luxton beeped his horn, to alert the driver and avoid a collision but said in response he was greeted with a range of hand signals.
“It left me fuming – it was a total lack of respect,” he said.
“My six-year-old daughter was in the car, she was already upset but this made her even more so.”
Mr Luxton, who was en route to bury his 88-year-old father, Reginald, said the bus caused further problems when they reached Fullwell Cross Roundabout.
Because the bus was in the line, the cars at the back of the procession got separated and didn’t know how to get to the cemetery.
Mr Luxton said: “I understand that the driver might not have realised at first that it was a procession, but when he did he shouldn’t have cut in and made obscene hand gestures. Once you see a hearse you know what is going on.
“Just before a road sweeper nearly did the same thing, but once he saw us he pulled back in, put his hand up to say sorry and let us pass.
“I am so shocked and angry about it.”
Twitter user @tannerbird posted a photo of the incident on behalf of a family member that said: “ At 11am this 150 bus on Fencepiece Road, Ilford, deliberately cut into my fathers funeral procession and stuck his middle up at us. Absolute disrespect I will be writing to the bus company.”
Users were quick to respond calling the incident disrespectful and shocking.
Transport for London (TfL) manages Arriva London bus service.
Tony Akers, TfL’s Head of Bus Operations, said: “We are very concerned to hear of this allegation and TfL and the bus operator, Arriva are investigating it. “When that is completed, we will take the appropriate action.
“We are sorry for any distress which may have been caused.”
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