Horror week for bus safety


A triple fatality in Tasmania is the most recent of a string of accidents involving buses this week

Horror week for bus safety
Horror week for bus safety
By Sean Muir |
September 13, 2012


A triple fatality in Tasmania yesterday is the most recent of a string of accidents involving buses
across the nation this week.

Three elderly cancer patients died yesterday afternoon after
the minibus they were on was struck by a waste disposal truck’s trailer.

Police say the 11-seater Toyota Hiace van, travelling on Bass Highway between Elizabeth Town and Christmas Hills, lost control following impact and collided with a power pole.

Two passengers were found dead in the van while a third person died later at the Launceston General Hospital.

The remaining occupants, believed to be on their way home to Burnie after receiving cancer treatment, were taken to the Launceston General Hospital and the Mersey General Hospital with a number of injuries, some life threatening.

In a separate incident, a motorcyclist was killed when his bike and a bus collided in Melbourne's south-west yesterday morning.

Police say the 41-year-old motorcyclist died at the scene of the crash on Hoppers Lane in Werribee.

The bus was reportedly pulling into Hoppers Lane from a sporting complex when it collided with a west-bound motorcyclist.

Meanwhile,
NSW police are searching for a man following the indecent assault of a teenage girl at Ermington in NSW yesterday afternoon.

Police say the girl got off a school bus on Victoria Road Ermington and began to walk home at about 3.20pm.

When the girl reached nearby Marguerette Street she was approached by a man who indecently grabbed her before walking away.

The string of incidents are bringing to a close a week that started with
a tragic
school bus crash in NSW, which killed bus a nine-year-old boy.

Several others, including the bus driver and the boy’s brother, were reportedly injured when the school bus collided with a prime mover at Singleton in the NSW Hunter Valley on Monday.

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