It could have been much worse . . . as these images by Coffs Coast Advocate photographer Bruce Thomas show, a Valla P-plater ha
It could have been much worse . . . as these images by Coffs Coast Advocate photographer Bruce Thomas show, a Valla P-plater ha

How could anyone escape this horror?



A VALLA teenager has miraculously escaped with only slight injuries after her car slammed into a bus at Nambucca Heads.

The 17-year-old P-plater, who was the sole occupant of her vehicle, was taken to Macksville Hospital, where she was treated for minor cuts.

The shocked bus driver, a Macksville man, 66, and two of his nine passengers, were also treated at hospital after firefighters smashed their way in to get them off the bus.

The collision happened at 8.10am yesterday on Link Road near the industrial estate, about 100 metres from the Pacific Highway intersection.

The Busways bus was heading towards the highway for the trip to Coffs Harbour when the driver of the oncoming Holden Commodore sedan lost control in slippery conditions and crossed to the wrong side of the road.

The car hit the front left corner of the bus and both vehicles slid 20 metres wedged together before crashing into an embankment.

It is understood some of the bus passengers helped the woman from her wreck.

Firefighters mopped up fuel which had spewed onto the road as a result of the accident.

Emergency personnel diverted traffic along Old Coast Road and Riverside Drive.

Police took one uninjured bus passenger home, while the others were transported to the Nambucca Heads central business district, where another bus was waiting to collect them.

Police are continuing their inquiries into the cause of the smash.



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