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Qld man in court over bus driver’s death

By AAP Newswire

A truck driver was at fault when his trailer smashed into a bus causing the death of a 62-year-old man, a Brisbane court has been told.

Ronald Trevor Gallaty has pleaded not guilty to the dangerous operation of a vehicle causing the death of bus driver Peter Bohlsen in Logan, south of Brisbane, on November 17, 2016.

A tipping trailer attached to the truck Gallaty, now 67, was driving veered onto the other side of the road, colliding head-on with a bus.

The incident occurred on a bend on Waterford Tamborine Road at Yarrabilba which has an 80km/h speed limit.

But shortly before the bend is a 40km/h advisory sign.

"In essence the crown case is that the truck and trailer was driven at an excessive speed into that corner causing a loss of control of the trailer," crown prosecutor Danny Boyle told the Brisbane District Court on Wednesday.

Mr Bohlsen was critically injured in the crash and died in hospital.

One of two passengers on the bus was thrown into the windscreen, hitting the glass with his head, Senior Constable Neil Campbell told the court.

During an interview with police in 2016, Gallaty said an alarm sounded when he hit the brakes approaching the corner and then he "just didn't have any control".

"It all happened so quickly," he added.

The judge-only trial continues.