Truck driver is charged over horror school bus crash in Bacchus Marsh

Truck driver is charged in horror crash that overturned a school bus carrying 27 schoolgirls and five teachers

  • Truckie is charged with a school bus accident in September
  • Smashed into the back of a bus west of Melbourne
  • Bus rolled 50 meters down a dike

A truck driver has been charged with a school bus accident that injured more than two dozen students and teachers.

The lorry crashed into the rear of the bus as it slowed down to avoid an earlier accident in the suburb of Bacchus Marsh, west of Melbourne, in September.

The force of the impact sent the bus crashing down an embankment off the Western Highway near Pentland Hills.

The school bus, carrying 27 students and four teachers, rolled 50 meters behind him and a truck collided in the confusion of an earlier truck accident (photo, emergency services on scene)

There were 27 students and five adults on the bus bound for Melbourne airport.

A Croydon man, 60, has been charged with 46 offences, including reckless endangering serious injury and reckless endangering life.

He was due to appear before Melbourne Magistrates Court on Monday afternoon.