Anxiety attack after near miss

By Sandra Conchie

A school bus driver who had to take sudden action to avoid hitting a toddler standing in the middle of the road was treated by a St John paramedic after suffering an anxiety attack brought on by the near-miss.

Tauranga Central Community Constable Matt Elliott said the middle-aged drivers' quick thinking meant he was able to avoid hitting the 3-year-old girl who had wandered on to the road at the intersection of Bellevue and Windsor Rds about 2.20pm yesterday.

"The driver had to stop very suddenly, and his actions avoided a tragedy. Understandably he got a bit of fright, and he had a bit of an anxiety attack. The driver was also complaining of chest pains."

Mr Elliott said the driver, who was treated at the scene by a St John Ambulance paramedic, felt too unwell to carry on with his run so another driver had to be called in.

The toddler's whanau who were spoken to by Mr Elliott declined to comment to this newspaper.

A Bayline Coaches spokesperson confirmed the driver was "okay" and did not require hospital treatment.


- Bay of Plenty Times

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