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Teen tour bus in Sydney crash

SIXTY teenagers travelling on a Casino bus were lucky to escape injury in a Sydney crash on Saturday afternoon.

Their vehicle was in a collision with a 4WD at an intersection.

The bus was part of the fleet belonging to Casino-based family company Eyears Bus Service Pty Ltd.

It was taking the Lifehouse church group from Coffs Harbour to the Big Exo Day at Sydney Showground. It was travelling through Homebush Bay about 2.10pm on Saturday when it collided with the 4WD at the intersection of Hills Road and the M4 exit.

The impact saw the bus hit a median strip and crash into a barrier.

Police said no one in the bus was injured, but the Casino driver and the passenger from the 4WD were taken to hospital by ambulance suffering soft-tissue injuries.

The teenagers were transferred to another bus to continue their trip to Olympic Park in Sydney.

Several young passengers interviewed at the crash site by Sydney reporters on Saturday praised the actions of the bus driver, who was reported as saying the brakes of the bus had failed.

The owner of the family company, Ken Eyears, said yesterday he had been subcontracted by a Sydney company to provide buses because of the number of vehicles needed.

He had seen photographs of the bus and there was 'quite a bit' of damage.

“I won't know anything till the RTA go through it later this week and they'll tell us then.” said Mr Eyears.

“Our driver is fine but was very upset yesterday.”

A 45-year-old woman returning from the same event, died early on Sunday morning from injuries received when she fell from a minibus on the freeway near Warnervale late on Saturday night. She was believed to be trying to secure the side door of the 21-seater minibus at the time.

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