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Lucky escape in horror bus crash

POLICE are continuing to investigate and calling for witnesses after a horror two-bus crash in Campsie last Wednesday afternoon.

Emergency services were called to Seventh Avenue, Campsie, following reports two buses and a car had collided about 4.20pm.
Campsie Police were told the two buses were travelling west on Seventh Avenue, when one of the buses collided into the rear of the other, causing it to crash into three parked cars.
The driver of one of the buses, a 63-year-old woman, sustained serious injuries. She was treated by NSW Ambulance paramedics before being taken to St George Hospital in a critical condition.
The driver of the other bus, a 63-year-old man, sustained minor injuries. He was taken to Concord Hospital in a stable condition.
In all, 25 passengers were assessed and treated by ambulance paramedics at the scene, with 12 taken to Concord, Bankstown and Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in a stable condition.
NSW Ambulance Acting Inspector Andrew Bibby said there was a lot of panic and fear as ambulances arrived at the collision site which occurred just metres from homes.
“The collision was quite impactful,” he said.
Just after impact, a witness rushed out of their house nearby and was able to open the door of one of the buses, freeing some of the passengers.
“The actions of that person not only assisted those passengers but also assisted emergency services,” Detective Inspector Dean Johnstone said.
He said that one of the buses had been spotted travelling erratically along Seventh Avenue before the collision, swerving between the lanes and even having a minor collision with a tree, with the police investigation including the likely possibilities of a medical episode as well as a potential mechanical fault.
Children had reportedly exited the parked vehicles just moments before the crash, with Det Insp Johnstone conceding it was a close call.
“It’s extremely fortunate no one was injured outside of the bus,” he said.
As police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident, anyone who may have dashcam footage, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.