10 March 2020

Driver charged over bus crash

| Edwina Mason
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Harden Murrumburrah

Police and emergency services attended the scene of the accident north west of Harden Murrumburrah last year. Photo: NSW Ambulance.

A man has been charged following an investigation into a bus crash just outside Harden Murrumburrah last year.

The eastbound coach, containing 28 adults and children, careered off Burley Griffin Way near Demondrille Creek Bridge, six kilometres north west of Harden Murrumburrah, around 8:15 am on September 27, 2019.

The passengers, a church group from Griffith who had hired the bus, were forced to escape out the side windows of the bus following the accident.

Twenty-five of the passengers were transferred to Harden hospital as a precaution.

A further two passengers were airlifted to Canberra Hospital; an eight-year-old boy who sustained a fractured leg and a 65-year-old-woman who suffered serious head injuries.

Following inquiries, officers from the NSW Police Crash Investigation Unit issued the 58-year-old driver with a Future Court Attendance Notice for two counts of dangerous driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, two counts of negligent driving occasioning grievous bodily harm, two counts of drive with misconduct and negligent driving.

The man will appear in Young Local Court on Tuesday, April 21.

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