Schoolchildren were showered with broken glass after a window blew out on an ACTION schoolbus about 3:25 pm today at Isabella Plains.
Danielle Stevenson, of Banks, said her son Taylor was travelling home from Calwell High when the Route 605 bus hit a bump near St Mary MacKillop College.
There was a very loud bang and glass went everywhere, giving one boy who was wearing shorts a scratch but it appeared no one else was injured.
Ms Stevenson if they hadn’t been wearing full jumpers with hoodies and long pants it would have been a different story.
The affected window was on the left-hand side next to the front door.
Taylor, who is in Year 9, said the bus was half full and carrying students from several schools including Callwell High and Theodore Primary, some as young as six.
Taylor who was sitting across the aisle from the window, said the driver immediately called ACTION and was told to find a place to stop and wait for a replacement bus.
The driver eventually set his passengers down at a stop on Tharwa Drive just past the Fire Station, where they waited on the footpath for another bus or, if they had phones like Taylor, arranged lifts.
A half hour later, with no replacement bus in sight, Taylor’s grandfather picked him up.
Ms Stevenson said it was an unacceptable situation especially for a school bus. “You’d think they would have higher safety standards than the normal ones but even for the normal ones it shouldn’t happen. It’s atrocious,” she said.
ACTION was approached for comment but only said the 605 was delayed for about 15 minutes while another bus was dispatched.