Bus ploughs into two homes; po­lice say driver ‘drunk’

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - NEWS - AVA BENNY- MOR­RI­SON CRIME RE­PORTER

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

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