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The unsecured plank came through the windshield of the bus. Highland Radio

Lucky escape for schoolchildren after plank of wood goes through school bus windscreen

The bus driver told Highland Radio: “When you step back and look at it, it’s scary.”

A NUMBER OF children and a bus driver narrowly avoided serious injury this week, when a plank of wood from a passing van fell off and went through the windscreen of their school bus.

The incident occurred at Garshooey, between Killea and Carrigans, Co Donegal, at around 3pm on Wednesday.

The driver of the bus, Brendan McGee, told Highland Radio, “I had been doing my drop offs as usual. I was coming down on the main road there, when I had pulled in and stopped to let another child off.

The next thing I knew there was the bang. I wasn’t sure what had happened.

“There was a van with a trailer on behind, with a ladder and a plank of wood. It obviously wasn’t secured properly. The plank of wood came through the windscreen of the bus.”

The plank of wood passed just over McGee’s head. While there was a child sitting directly behind him, it was fortunate as the plank may have hit him if he was taller, according to McGee.

He added: “After, you start to think of what could have happened. When you step back and look at it, it’s scary.”

There were four children on the bus at the time the incident occurred. McGee added that another motorist behind them had tried to alert the driver of the van that the wood was unsafely secured but had failed.

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