By: Fabian Cotter

AS REPORTED ON, a bus instructor was tragically killed during a controlled Transit Systems training exercise in a Sydney car park, recently.

A Transit Systems bus trainer was tragically killed in an accident at a Smithfield, NSW, car park.

Clint Feuerherdt, CEO of Transit Systems, who said, "We’ve just lost a member of our family and we are devastated by this incident," released this statement following the death of an as-yet unnamed staff member:

"It is with great sadness that I report one of our trainers was involved in an accident while taking part in a routine training session in a vacant car park near Smithfield Road, Smithfield [NSW].

"His injuries were fatal and the driver was taken to hospital.

"We are cooperating with officers from the Metropolitan Crash Investigation Unit, who are conducting a full investigation. We are also conducting a full investigation.

"No passengers or members of the public were involved, as it was a dedicated training session. 

"All resources are being made available for counselling and other support for next of kin, trainees and staff.

"We are in a state of shock and grief and our sympathies are with the family of the trainer, who was much respected by his colleagues," said Feuerherdt.

"We will offer every required resource to the authorities and to those affected by the accident."

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As extensively reported in the media and protested against by concerned transport workers, union members and members of the general public, the NSW Berejiklian Government controversially decided to privatise Sydney inner-west bus services, eventually awarding the tender to Transit Systems in February, to run services in Sydney's west from July.

In 2017, it’s stated about 1200 government bus drivers walked off the job in protest.

According to the ABC news report, the incident happened just before 10:00am. Both the trainee driver and the instructor were employed by Transit Systems.

Police are investigating the circumstances that led to the government bus impacting the instructor, who died at the scene.

"It was a very tragic accident," NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy said.

"It's a good reminder for pedestrians to keep a lookout especially around buses."

Police Minister Troy Grant said the accident was "a stark reminder of how quickly a life can be taken for pedestrians".

"It is a tragic situation that the crash investigation unit will get to the bottom of to give answers … to the families that have been devastated by [Thursday] morning's event."

Transit systems currently operates bus services in Parramatta, Fairfield and Liverpool, NSW.

A "100 per cent" Australian-owned family company, it was founded in 1995 to operate bus services in Perth, Western Australia. Transit Systems has grown to be one of Australia’s most successful public transport providers and is now the largest operator of ‘franchised’ urban bus services in Australia, the company states.

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