School bus wrong turn ends in crash

Shepparton News - - NEWS -

A school bus at­tempt­ing to make a pro­hib­ited turn in Shepparton yes­ter­day morn­ing caused traf­fic dis­rup­tions af­ter it col­lided with a car.

Po­lice were called to the col­li­sion be­tween a school bus and a black Kia Sorento station wagon about 8.40 am at the in­ter­sec­tion of Maude and Swallow streets.

Shepparton High­way Pa­trol First Con­sta­ble Far­ren said the bus was trav­el­ling north on Maude St when the driver at­tempted to turn right onto Swallow St.

‘‘The in­ter­sec­tion is only al­lowed for a ve­hi­cle length of 9.2 m and the bus is 11.7 m long,’’ he said.

‘‘In or­der for the bus to make the turn, he had to go left.

‘‘The 53-year-old male driver of the car thought the bus was turning left and has driven into the bus.’’

The bus was car­ry­ing stu­dents and teach­ers at the time. How­ever, no-one on board re­ceived any in­juries and the bus was able to be driven away from the scene with only min­i­mal dam­age.

The oc­cu­pants of the car did not re­ceive any in­juries, but their ve­hi­cle had to be towed from the scene.

First Const Far­ren said al­co­hol and drugs were not a fac­tor, but he added that a penalty no­tice would be is­sued to the 59-year-old bus driver.

No way: A car and bus col­lided at a Shepparton in­ter­sec­tion yes­ter­day.

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