A bus has plunged through a guardrail into bush next to a retirement village at Cromer.

Just after 9.45pm last night (Saturday, 08 June), residents at Maybrook Avenue, Cromer, came out to investigate after hearing a loud crashing sound.

Bus plunge at Cromer

A resident told the Northern Beaches Advocate that she saw the large bus crashed through a guardrail of a turning circle next to the Maybrook Retirement Village, opposite Boylson Place.

Rushing over, she checked on the driver, a man in his 40s, who was ‘stunned’ and remained in the bus, which had come to a stop against the embankment.

Bus plunge at Cromer

Initially, the driver remained in the vehicle unable to say what had happened, but he was able to get out of the bus and move out of the bushes to the side of the road.

NSW Police and firefighters from Dee Why and Narrabeen Stations arrived shortly afterwards, along with NSW Ambulance Inspector Christian Holmes. The bus driver insisted he was not physically harmed and declined ambulance assessment.

Bus plunge at Cromer

A response vehicle also arrived from bus operator Keolis Downer to survey the situation and make an assessment of how to remove the vehicle from its position down the embankment.

Tow trucks that had arrived on scene departed when it became apparent they would be unable to remove the bus from where it had become wedged.

With the bus firmly stuck and not at risk of moving further downhill into bushland, firefighters began cutting away sections of the guardrail and support posts, which would prevent the bus being pulled back onto the road by a heavy tow vehicle.

Bus plunge at Cromer

A senior manager from Keolis Downer was arriving home from a night out only a few doors down. He walked up the street to see what the commotion was, to find one of his vehicles and employees at the centre of the precarious situation.

After checking on the welfare of the driver, the manager spoke with emergency services, who handed over responsibility for recovery of the bus to Keolis Downer. A heavy tow vehicle was ordered, and shortly after 11.00pm he settled in for an expected two-hour wait.

Bus plunge at Cromer

No passengers were on the bus at the time of the incident. The cause of the crash remains unknown at this stage.

Images: Northern Beaches Advocate

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