Kids hurt in bus crash
A GROUP of students from Tweed Heads South School were injured in a school bus crash yesterday afternoon.
The school bus crashed into a parked utility on Ducat Street in Tweed Heads just after 3pm.
Four of the school children sustained minor lacerations and one student was transported to the Tweed Hospital with a suspected dislocated finger.
The rest of the students were shaken but unharmed.
A spokeswoman from New South Wales police said the school students were able to exit the bus through the front door.
Senior Tweed Heads firefighter Mark Donovan said the station received the call just after 3.27pm.
“The school bus hit the car and shunted it 15 to 20 metres into a brick fence where it remained on its side,” Mr Donovan said.
“The school bus then travelled another 100 metres down the road before coming to a complete stop.”
A spokesman from the New South Wales Ambulance service said there were about 24 school children on the bus.
The owner of the hit utility Mathew Gibbons said he was visiting a friend and was inside their house when he heard the crash.
“There are too many accidents on this road. I was in a friend’s house when I heard a big bang from outside and I just knew it was my truck,” Mr Gibbons said.
“Then the police and everybody turned up very quickly. That truck is my pride and joy.”
Tweed mother Jenny Gibson was terrified when she heard her two daughters were involved in a bus crash.
“One of our teacher’s aides was on the bus. She called her mother and her mother told her neighbour who passed the news on to a group of parents who were waiting for the kids at the same stop,” Ms Gibson said
“Both my daughters Cheyanne and Makayla are okay but a lot of the kids were very shaken by what happened.”
Ms Gibson said it was her daughter Cheyanne’s sixth birthday and it was now a day she would never forget.
Kelly Blackwell was relieved to find her son Connor unharmed when she arrived at the scene.
“Connor has a bump on the head but he is okay. When we found out we were thinking of the worst case scenario,” Ms Blackwell said.