Sleeping driver crashes into school bus

Last updated 09:13 20/08/2012
Masterton bus crash

The bus was travelling from Masterton to Featherston, with a number of school children onboard.

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Children were left shaken this morning after a driver fell asleep and crashed into a school bus in Masterton.

The crash happened at 7.40am on High St near the intersection with Fleet St, leaving debris on the road.

The bus was travelling from Masterton to Featherston, with a number of school children onboard.

Constable Raewyn Joblin, of Masterton, said the woman driver, 46, had fallen asleep at the wheel.

The car then crossed the centre line and hit the side of the oncoming bus.

There were no injuries.

‘‘The kids were pretty shaken up though,’’ she said.

A student who was on the bus said there was a loud bang and the bus shook on impact.

‘‘A chick’s just fallen asleep and gone across the road and smashed the side of the bus,’’ she said.

High St, which doubles as State Highway 2, was closed while the woman’s car was towed to the side of the road by firefighters.

It has now been reopened.

Contact Seamus Boyer
Wairarapa reporter
Twitter: @SeamusBoyer

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