School bus run under attack
By CRAIG McTEAR
NIGEL Tooth fears an accident is just around the corner if the bad behaviour continues.
The Ryan's Bus Service operations manager says hoodlums have been hurling rocks, eggs and clay at his school buses each week during the past few months, and he wants the rot to stop.
The company could be up for a $1000 repair bill after a rock smashed a rear emergency exit window on a bus at the Woolgoolga High School bus bay last week. That bus has been out of action all week.
"They're obviously not thinking of what could happen," Nigel said.
"It could cause a major accident. If a bus loaded with kids collides with a semi, I'd hate to think what could happen.
"We don't want to see an accident."
Nigel has reported the incidents to police, but he has become so concerned he has contacted the NSW Transport Ministry because it
became an occupational health and safety issue.
He says one option is to discontinue driving into Emerald Beach, where many of the attacks have been happening.
Buses have regularly come under fire from egg-throwers on Fiddaman Road at Emerald Beach near the Pacific Highway, leaving angry drivers with a messy clean-up.
"The drivers are sick of it. They're sick of cleaning eggs off their buses, and I'm trying to do my best for them," Nigel said.
But the situation escalated last Friday around 8.30am as driver Jim Woodhill was pulling out of the Woolgoolga High School bus bay on Centenary Drive.
Thankfully, no children were on his bus when a rock came hurtling through a rear window, obliterating it.
"I didn't realise what had happened because it was so far behind me, until I heard the glass falling," Jim said.
On Wednesday, louts threw clay at a bus on the Pacific Highway near the Newmans Road inter- section at Woolgoolga.
If you know anything about these incidents, you should contact Woolgoolga police on 6654 1244.