Fresh information has emerged about the tragic incident that led to a young schoolboy being killed by a bus in Sydney’s southwest yesterday.
Emergency services were called to Macarthur Anglican School in Cobbitty at about 2.50pm on Wednesday where they found a 14-year-old boy with critical injuries.
The teenage boy was taken to Liverpool Hospital in a critical condition but later died.
The bus driver, a 54-year-old woman, was arrested at Liverpool Hospital at 8.30pm after being taken there for mandatory testing.
The driver has been charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, driving in a dangerous manner and negligent driving occasioning death.
Her licence has also been suspended and she was refused bail to appear at Liverpool Local Court today.
The boy, understood to be a Year 9 student, has been named by people in the community as Cameron, with harrowing new details of the tragic incident being brought to light.
One local woman claimed she knew one of the school staff members who was “first on the scene to give resuscitation” and talk to the paramedics when they arrived.
“Her concern is for his parents and the children, please pray for the staff today,” the woman wrote on social media.
Another woman revealed she arrived at the school to pick up her son just moments after the incident occurred.
“I was shocked. I saw him laying on the ground Someone tried to do CPR,” she said.
“My heart is breaking to hear the bad news. We love school. Hopefully everyone will be ok after this difficult time.”
The Daily Telegraph reported partents of students on board the bus at the time claimed the vehicle veered into a tree before the child was allegedly struck.
Teachers reportedly had to active the emergency exits on the bus to retrieve the distressed students inside and move them away from the scene.
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The incident unfolded at school pick-up time, leaving parents and students in shock.
School headmaster David Nockles told the school community in a letter support would be offered to those impacted.
“The incident required considerable police and ambulance presence, including a helicopter,” Dr Nockles said.
“Many students, parents and staff witnessed the accident so I would encourage you to speak with your children and if needed provide support for them.
“Tomorrow morning we will hold age-appropriate assemblies where we can begin debriefing the students and provide pastoral care support.
“Your prayers are very much appreciated at this time of distress in our community.”
Police have launched an investigation into the tragic incident.
– with NCA NewsWire
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