THE death toll in last week's crash involving a bus carrying a party

of Girl Guides and their leaders has risen to five.

Ten-year-old Laura Cullen of Belsyde Avenue, Drumchapel, Glasgow, died

on Monday in the city's Southern General Hospital. She was one of six

girls who were seriously injured when a double-deck bus, carrying Guides

from Drumchapel back from Butlins Wonderwest World in Ayr on Sunday,

September 18, smashed into a low rail bridge in Glasgow, ripping off its


Laura had suffered massive head injuries and had been on a

life-support machine since the accident.

Guides Catherine McKnight, 10, and Margaret Riddick, 10, were killed

along with Guide leaders Mary McGreskin, 39, and Rena Dougall, 47, when

the bus smashed into the bridge in West Street, Glasgow, near the

approaches to the Kingston Bridge.

Of the seriously injured Guides, only Denise McAlease, 14, of Drummore

Road, Drumchapel, is still in hospital. Her condition was improving and

stable in the Southern General yesterday.

Four of the other injured Guides -- Stacey Fraser, 14, Charlene

O'Donnell, 10, and Catherine Cross, nine, all of Drummore Road, and

Louise Gallie, nine, of Goyle Avenue, Drumchapel -- were discharged from

hospital last weekend.

Laura's parents, Grace and James, were too shocked yesterday to talk

about their daughter's death. Her sisters Jamie Lee, 13, and Leanne,

three, were being looked after by relatives.

One theory being investigated by police into the cause of the crash is

that the bus driver, Mr Campbell Devlin, 30, may have followed a Guide

leader's car under the bridge while seeking a short cut to the Kingston


Sources close to Clydeside 2000, which owned the bus, confirmed that

the driver had not followed a company route through the Clyde Tunnel.

Police confirmed after the crash that Mr Devlin had been charged with

careless driving in connection with an incident in Glasgow on August 31,

in which a motorist died.

* Donations were still pouring in yesterday to the Drumchapel

Emergency Trust which was set up to offer support and assistance to the

families of the victims. Donations can be sent to Drumchapel Emergency

Trust, Mercat House, Hecla Square, Drumchapel.