Truck driver charged over fatal school bus crash

Source: Singleton Argus

Police have charged a truck driver over a crash that killed a young boy in a school bus in the NSW Hunter last year.

The 34-year-old Queensland man was charged with dangerous driving occasioning death, negligent driving occasioning death and driving a motor vehicle with a prescribed illicit drug present in blood/urine over the September 10 crash involving the prime mover and a school bus at the intersection of Church and Kelso Streets, Singleton.

Nine-year-old Harry Dunn died at the scene while two seven-year-old boys suffered serious head injuries and were taken to John Hunter Hospital for treatment. 

The bus driver – a 54-year-old man – and the remaining four children on the bus were taken to Singleton Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries. 

All were released a short time later.

The truck driver – a 34-year-old Queensland man – was not injured but was taken to Singleton Hospital for mandatory blood and urine testing.

The charges were laid last Wednesday by Queensland police on behalf of the NSW Police Force.

The truck driver is expected to front Singleton Local Court on Thursday, March 14.

The scene of last year's crash. Photo: PETER STOOP

The scene of last year's crash. Photo: PETER STOOP