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Brooklyn Public School students injured in bus crash, driver in serious condition

STUDENTS from Brooklyn Public School have been injured in a head-on collision between a mini-bus and a car this morning.

Four young children were hurt in the crash, which occurred on Brooklyn Rd near the Dolphin Marina, about 8.45am.

The bus, which had about 12 passengers on board, had been ferrying children to school from outlying areas around the Hawkesbury River.

It was heading towards Brooklyn village, while the car, driven by an elderly Dangar Island man, was travelling in the opposite direction.

Brooklyn Rural Fire Service deputy captain Brad Townsend said three children and the driver of the car were taken to Royal North Shore and Gosford hospitals.

It’s believed the children’s injuries included bruising, concussion and a broken arm.

The 79-year-old driver is in a serious condition and believed to have suffered head and chest injuries.

The children were on their way to school after being picked up by the bus from Mooney Mooney and Cheero Point.

There was no-one else in the car.

While the wet conditions are believed to have played a part in the crash, it also happened at a notoriously dangerous spot, according to locals.

Mr Townsend said the road surface was uneven and bumpy, and the road itself was quite narrow.

“It’s quite a tight corner. We have had a couple (of accidents) there but not as bad as today’s accident,” he said.

“We have had cars slide off the road and a motor bike gone done before.”

Two Brooklyn RFS trucks and a 4WD responded to the crash. Police, NSW Fire and Rescue, ambulance and Hornsby Council were also at the scene.

Article source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/the-hills/brooklyn-public-school-students-injured-in-bus-crash/story-fngr8i1f-1226588404053

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