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22 June 2010

Goodna child care centre bus crash: Babies' cots "smashed to pieces"

There was a dramatic bus crash in Goodna overnight.

A runaway bus smashed into a childcare centre after hitting a 4 wheel drive vehicle.

The bus careered into the Kaleidoscope Kids Child Care Centre in Alice Street Goodna after smashing through a solid concrete wall and into the babies' room which normally has eight babies during the day.

The children's cots were smashed to pieces in the incident.

The driver of the 4-wheel drive was trapped in his vehicle and was taken to hospital while the bus driver escaped serious injury.

There were no passengers on the bus.

Local Councillor Paul Tully arrived on the scene shortly after the accident describing it as one of utter devastation.

"The 10 tonne bus was wedged almost five metres into the building.

"Eight babies and two staff would have been killed if the accident had happened during the day.

"It is a miracle the bus driver survived the crash," Cr Tully said.

It took 5 hours to remove the bus from building.

Damage to the child care centre is estimated at $250,000.


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