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Jim Foster was a bus driver who worked in Weatherfield. In September 1961 he was driving the bus that accidentally hit and killed Ida Barlow in Gray Street. Foster was very badly shaken by the accident and struggled to sleep due to the guilt. The following month he visited Coronation Street to speak to Ida's widower Frank and son Ken. Ken did not wish to speak to him but Foster eventually forced his way into No.3 to speak to Frank and inform him that the accident was unavoidable. Frank sympathised with Foster and accepted his explanation.

Jim Foster (credited as Foster) was the first person, albeit inadvertently, to kill a regular Coronation Street character.
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