YOUNGSTERS have told of the horror when a boy fell off a bus and suffered life-threatening injuries.
Meanwhile, lawyers defending the bus driver, who is charged with dangerous driving, were opening their case at Bradford Crown Court today.
Defence witnesses were being called in the trial of Peter Marsh, 56, of Rock Cottages, New Mill.
He denies the charge, which stems from an incident on April 26, 2002, when Golcar schoolboy Marc Jackson fell from a K Line bus that Marsh was driving in Milnsbridge.
Marc, now 15, was crushed under the bus wheels.
Yesterday, prosecutor Jonathan Gibson called his final witnesses. They were all schoolchildren on Marsh's bus and one behind it.
The jury was told the bus set off from Colne Valley High School in Linthwaite at 3.10pm and drove along Cowlersley Lane.
It crossed the junction with Manchester Road and passed into Morley Lane, then, finally, Market Street at Milnsbridge, where the accident happened.
The jury was told Marc and two other boys were fooling around at the front of the bus, opening and closing the doors and hanging from the bus.
But each witness gave a different account of the boys' exact behaviour and when the bus doors were open.
They also differed in their evidence about Marsh's reaction to the horseplay.
All but one witness, Dean Lutz, 15, said the bus doors had been shut when they left Colne Valley High School.
Most witnesses said Marc and two boys opened the doors on Cowlersley Lane by using emergency button.
But Marcus Ellis, 14, said the doors did not open until three boys got off at the junction with Manchester Road.
Marc and his two friends then jammed open the doors.
Other witnesses said the three boys held the doors open. Some witnesses said Marsh tried to close the doors with a control button.
However, there was variation in accounts of how often he tried to shut the doors and how many times he told the boys off for their behaviour.
Thomas Kelly, 14, Aaron Gill, 14 and Sian Finn, 16, all said he warned the boys at least once.
However, none of them said he stopped the bus, except at traffic lights.
Some witnesses said they saw Marc's two friends push him off the bus.
Aaron Gill said Marc was pushed off while the bus was stuck in traffic on Morley Lane. He said Marc got back on and told his friends not to do it again.
He said Marc was pushed off again in Market Street and was run over by the bus.
Marcus Ellis said Marc was pushed off the bus five times on Morley Lane. He added that in Market Street two boys pushed Marc off the bus.
Thomas Kelly said in a statement that Marc was pushed off the bus at Morley Lane, but got back on and told his friends to stop it.
He said Marc was pushed off again, when the accident happened in Market Street.
He added: "It was not a nasty push."
Thomas's twin, James, said he saw Marc running alongside the bus, holding a rail, in Morley Lane.
Fiona Ramsden, 13, and a friend were on the bus behind Marsh's.
Both said in statements that in Market Street, Marc was sitting on the bottom step of the bus, with his legs out in front of him.
All the witnesses in court said it was difficult to remember what happened, because the incident was so long ago.
The case continues.