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Bus Driver Charged After Hitting Pedestrian In South Sydney

A bus driver has been charged after running over a pedestrian in Sydney’s south yesterday.

It’s believed that a 25-year-old man was attempting to cross the road at the intersection of Pentland Avenue and Canterbury Road in Roselands at around 7am when he was struck by the bus.

“Police were told the man was attempting to cross the road when he was struck,” said NSW Police in a statement.

NSW Ambulance paramedics attended the scene to initially treat the man for head and neck injuries before taking him to St George Hospital where he remains in a serious condition.

The 56-year-old bus driver was interviewed by authorities and breath tested, but police say that this returned a negative result.

“The vehicle was seized and was examined by specialist police,” said the statement. “He was arrested and taken to Campsie Police Station where he was charged with cause bodily harm by misconduct in charge of motor vehicle, negligent driving, and not stop at a stop line at red light.”

CCTV vision taken from the scene shows the moment that the man is struck by the bus and pushed back onto the footpath. The bus driver can also be seen rushing to the young man’s side to check that he is okay.

Police believe that footage from cameras on-board the bus might hold the key to figuring out how the accident occurred. At this stage it is unknown if speed or a red light could have been factors in the crash.

The bus driver has been granted conditional bail and is expected to reappear before Burwood Local Court on May 22.

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