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03 June 2010

Bus hits power pole at Collingwood Park


A SCHOOL bus carrying seven children crashed into a power pole at a  notorious intersection yesterday, causing 2250 homes to lose power.

A school bus with seven children on board hit a power
pole at Collingwood Park after swerving to miss a car.

A SCHOOL bus carrying seven children crashed into a power pole at a notorious intersection yesterday, causing 2250 homes to lose power.

The incident occurred at a corner in Collingwood Park which neighbouring residents said was the scene of regular accidents.

No child was injured in the crash and the students were taken to school soon after the incident.

Goodna police Sergeant Kim Clist said the incident occurred at 7.20am yesterday.

"A bus carrying children from schools in the Redbank and Collingwood Park region travelled up Duncan Street when a car turning right off Namatjira Drive caused the bus to swerve off the road and into the power pole," Sergeant Clist said.

The bus came to a stop 30 metres past the fallen powerlines.

"The children were not treated for shock; they were fine and were taken to school," Sergeant Clist said.

Neighbouring resident Michael King said the sound of the power pole falling sent him rushing outside.

"I heard two large cracks of sound. Big bangs like the transformer was blowing up, and when I heard that I knew it wasn't one of the usual accidents we have here," Mr King said.

"It's a terrible corner and I have written to the Ipswich City Council before asking for a roundabout or something to be put in place.

"People always speed around the corner and don't look both ways because they feel it's not used that much.

"There is probably an accident a month near that corner."

Division Three Councillor Victor Attwood said the council had already looked at the intersection to see if changes were needed.

"Our officers said there was no need for change at that corner, but I will ask them to look at the two streets again and see if there is anything we can do," Cr Attwood, whose division includes Collingwood Park, said.

"We are in the process of placing traffic islands along Namatjira Drive to ensure drivers stay on the right side of the road around a long corner."

Camira Fire Station Officer Ray O'Brien said the fallen lines in the area posed a grave risk.

"The lines can regain power unexpectedly and would fry anything that touched it," Mr O'Brien said.

An Energex spokesman said they restored power to 90 per cent of homes before 9am.

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