Four school students and two adults were left seriously injured after a delivery van collided with a bus in central New South Wales.
Police report that the accident occurred around 08:15 on November 2, when a commercial vehicle ran into the back of a school bus on Irrigation Way near the town of Narrandera.
The impact experienced during the collision was powerful enough to cause the full-sized bus to roll on to its side – while the cabin of the van was ripped open by the force of the accident.
Students on board at the time were aged five, eight, ten and 16 – they suffered a selection of injuries that ranged from simple scratches and bruising through to concussion and facial trauma.
The driver of the bus – a 66-year-old female – was trapped in the wrecked transport as emergency services struggled to free her.
She was taken to Narrandera District Hospital with a leg injury – the 44-year-old male driver of the delivery van was taken by ambulance to Wagga Wagga Base Hospital after suffering damage to his back.
Three of the young victims were also taken there for medical treatments and were due for release sometime yesterday afternoon (November 2).
Principal of St Joseph’s Primary School at Narrandera Graeme Urquhart has said that counselling services will be made available for the young witnesses as well as members of the wider school community who found themselves affected by the events.
Police Inspector Stuart Gair said that initial reports indicated that the school bus had been picking up its young passengers from a nearby property when the accident occurred.
Gair stated: "The buses … have warning lights which should alert other drivers to the potential.
"It's a timely reminder to maintain concentration when we are driving on highways, speed limits are 100km/h on the highway and accidents do happen."
Police closed off a section of Irrigation Way for a number of hours yesterday, allowing forensic investigators to examine the scene and try to determine the cause of the accident.
It has not yet been determined who – if anyone – was at fault during the crash.
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