Dean back on the bus
A BANORA Point student has suffered a dangerous cut to his leg in a school bus accident.
But plucky 10-year-old Dean Rendall has bounced back, thanking the bus driver and paramedics for their first aid efforts.
Dean needed 19 staples below his left knee after a car cut in front of a Surfside bus on Laura St on Monday afternoon, forcing driver Glenn Irving to brake hard.
He was propelled forward from the middle seat at the back of the bus and landed on his hands and knees causing the tear in his leg.
"I was propelled three or four seats forward," Dean said.
"Some (students) on the bus said they could see the bone.
"He (Mr Irving) asked if everyone was alright and if I needed a doctor. I said I was fine."
Dean put on a brave face but the injury required hospitalisation.
With the boy's leg bleeding profusely, Mr Irving gave the primary school student basic first aid before calling paramedics and the child's parents.
Dean's father, Stephen, also wanted to thank the paramedics who helped to calm his son while he received treatment on the scene before being taken to Tweed Hospital.
"They were Colin and Toni," Dean said.
"Colin gave me a piggy back ride."
Mr Irving said this was the first incident like this he faced in his five years as a driver.
"I just hope it will never happen again," he said.
On a visit to the Surfside Buslines depot on Thursday, Mr Rendall said he was "extremely grateful" to Mr Irving and the bus company.
"Paramedics also did an extremely good job," he said.
"All I can say is for people to be bloody careful around school buses because just look at what can happen to a kid."
Surfside Buslines operations manager Tony Fisher said he was happy that Dean was alright after the episode.
"We're just happy that Glenn's followed all the policy and procedures, and that he did everything in his capacities to ensure the welfare of the student," Mr Fisher said.
Dean's attention has turned to recovery.
As a member of the Tweed/Coolangatta Blues under 11s and 12s football teams, Dean hopes to recover in time to run onto the field at the end of August for a taste of finals footy.