Man Killed, Eight Injured in Collision Between Sedan and Bus Near Dubbo

A tragic car crash near Dubbo, Australia, following a police pursuit, leaves one dead and several injured, highlighting the dangers of high-speed chases and the need for safe driving practices.

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Geeta Pillai
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Man Killed, Eight Injured in Collision Between Sedan and Bus Near Dubbo

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A 32-year-old man died and multiple others were hospitalized after a sedan collided with a bus on the Mitchell Highway near Dubbo, Australia on Saturday morning. The incident occurred around 9:15 AM following a brief police pursuit of the sedan that was terminated due to safety concerns.

According to authorities, police had attempted to stop the Mazda sedan prior to the crash, but the driver failed to comply, leading to a pursuit. The chase was quickly halted as it posed risks to public safety. Moments later, the sedan collided with the bus near the intersection of Mitchell Highway and Eulomogo Road.

The driver of the sedan, believed to be a 32-year-old man, was declared deceased at the scene. Eight passengers from the bus, which was carrying a total of 26 people, were taken to Dubbo Base Hospital in stable condition. The patients ranged in age from 10 to their 80s. The bus driver was also transported to the hospital for mandatory testing.

Why this matters: The tragic incident highlights the dangers associated with police pursuits and the need for careful consideration of public safety. It also underscores the importance of safe driving practices and compliance with traffic laws to prevent such devastating accidents.

A crime scene has been established at the crash site, and the Crash Investigation Unit has launched an inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the incident. The investigation will be subject to an independent review, and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

Key Takeaways

  • 32-year-old man died after sedan collided with bus following police pursuit near Dubbo
  • Police terminated chase due to safety concerns, but sedan later crashed into bus
  • 8 bus passengers, aged 10-80, hospitalized in stable condition; bus driver also tested
  • Crash investigation underway, police to examine factors that led to pursuit and crash