Hero bus driver who narrowly prevented crash during Beast from East meets Nicola Sturgeon

A hero bus driver who averted tragedy by pulling off a Fast & Furious-style manoeuvre to avoid a stuck Mini met with the First Minister today.

Charmaine Laurie was filmed steering her double-decker bus away from a car that had veered onto the wrong side of the road.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets Lothian Bus driver Charmaine Laurie who steered her double-decker to avoid a car which lurched into her path in the snow. March 5 2018

The Lothian Buses driver went viral last week after a video of her skilful driving was viewed hundreds of thousands of times online.

It was captured by a dashcam from a nearby car that was stuck behind the vehicle that went onto the wrong side of the road.

Charmaine met with the First Minister on Monday morning as part of the Scottish Government’s launch for apprenticeship week.

The chance meeting came as Nicola Sturgeon visited Lothian Buses headquarters in Edinburgh.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets Lothian Bus driver Charmaine Laurie who steered her double-decker to avoid a car which lurched into her path in the snow. March 5 2018

In a Tweet, the First Minister thanked everyone involved in getting Scotland moving during the worst of last week’s storm.

She wrote: “Pleasure to meet Charmaine @on_lothianbuses this morning and say thank you to her and everyone across Scotland – emergency/essential services staff, transport workers, the military, volunteers, the public and many others – for the heroic response to the #BeastFromTheEast”

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