A bus driver and his passengers are lucky to be alive after a “bizarre” and dramatic crash on a major city road.
Police believe the driver suffered a medical episode leading to the crash where the vehicle mounted a tall concrete median strip.
Traffic on Victoria Road at Lyons Road in the Sydney suburb of Drummoyne was brought to a standstill just before 12.30pm because of the accident.
The bus initially crashed into a ute with refrigeration unit on the back, which was knocked off in the collision and sent flying into another car.
It then collided with yellow plastic dividers before travelling over the concrete bollards to reach the other side of the road facing oncoming traffic.
Miraculously, the driver and his 20 passengers were not seriously injured, with just three people being treated for minor injuries by paramedics.
The ute driver was trapped in his car after the incident and was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
“He looked completely freaked out…he looked at me, he just couldn’t verbalise, he was literally beside himself,” a witness told 9 News.
Firefighters described the crash as “bizarre”.
“I haven’t quite seen a bus in that position,” Fire and Rescue NSW Inspector Graeme Moore said.
“Removing the bus (from) this precarious position is no easy feat.”
Police managed to reopen one westbound lane soon after the crash to allow cars through but had to set up diversions for eastbound traffic.
The bus was lifted off the bollards and back onto the road before it was cleared at 4pm.