A BUS driver is to face trial, accused of running over a 78-year-old pensioner on a zebra crossing.

The First Bus employee is accused of failing to keep a "proper lookout" and failing to observe the elderly woman crossing Station Road in Stirling on the zebra before colliding with her.

It is claimed that that the collision caused her to fall to the ground, whereupon he "drove over her" causing her to be trapped under the bus to her injury.

At a procedural hearing at Stirling Sheriff Court on Tuesday, the 49-year-old, of Alloa, pleaded not guilty to causing injury by dangerous driving.

The incident is said to have occurred on October 28 last year.

His solicitor Claire McCarron said the defence were still awaiting a report from VOSA – the government's Vehicle and Operator Services Agency – which, she said, had carried out an investigation.

The solicitor told the court: "VOSA investigated a driver's cabin security screen fitted to the vehicle that may have interfered with the view of the driver."

She added: "This is clearly a very serious allegation."

Sheriff Simon Collins continued the case for trial on November 26, with a further preliminary hearing on November 20.