Bus ploughs into two homes; police say driver ‘drunk’
A BUS driver was allegedly four times over the legal limit when his vehicle ploughed through two homes in Sydney’s northwest in broad daylight yesterday.
Three residents narrowly escaped serious injury when the bus veered off Epping Rd at North Ryde and into their homes at about midday.
Police said the bus mounted the kerb, drove through a front yard, then slammed straight into the suburban weatherboard houses.
Both homes were severely damaged with debris sprawled across their yards. The vehicle ended up lodged in the front of the second house with its front caved in.
No passengers were on the North Sydney Bus Charter vehicle at the time and the driver was uninjured.
But when he climbed out of the wreckage he was breathalysed and allegedly blew a blood alcohol reading of 0.2. He was taken to Royal North Shore Hospital for further blood and urine tests.
Two women inside one of the homes suffered minor injuries, while a man inside the other property was also hurt but didn’t require treatment.
Staff at North Sydney Bus Charter refused to comment when contacted.
Emergency services assess the damage to the two houses on Epping Rd, North Ryde. Picture: Tim Hunter