Ballina man dies after crash with bus
By MARY MANN firstname.lastname@example.org
POLICE are warning motorists to drive carefully this Christmas holiday period, after an 80-year-old man died from injuries received in a car crash at Ballina yesterday.
The man, a Ballina local, was making a right turn out of Angels Beach Drive on to The Coast Road at East Ballina about 8.15am when his Holden Commodore and a south-bound Blanch's school bus collided on The Coast Road.
There were no children on board the bus at the time, and the driver was not injured.
Inspector David Driver said the driver of the car was taken by ambulance to Ballina District Hospital with serious injuries.
He later died in the hospital.
"Police are investigating, and the cause of the accident will be determined by the coroner," Insp Driver said.
A Blanch's Bus Company spokesman, who did not wish to be named, said he was thankful there were no kids on board.
The bus was towed from the scene later in the day. The fatal crash comes after two cars were involved in an accident on the Pacific Highway near Wardell on Monday night.
Traffic on the highway was delayed for about two hours while police and other emergency workers cleaned up the site.
Police said the accidents were a timely reminder for motorists to take it easy on the roads these Christmas holidays, as there were more vehicles on the road than at other times of the year.
Crime prevention officer, Senior Constable Michael Hogan, said highway patrol numbers would be beefed up, with police from Sydney coming to help out the local units.
Operation Safe Arrival 2007 starts on Friday and will run until Tuesday, January 1, 2008, he said.