Bus driver charged over fatal Newell Highway crash

A bus driver has been charged after a seven-vehicle crash in a dust storm that killed a man near West Wyalong last month.

A 60-year-old man who was behind the wheel of a Holden Colorado died in Canberra Hospital after he was airlifted from the Mirrool crash site on March 18.

At the time, police said a Toyota Hilux collided with a semi-trailer in the southbound lanes of the major highway around 10.50am.

A B-double then hit the rear of the ute, causing another Hilux, towing a caravan, swerved into the northbound lanes to avoid the calamity. 

Two vehicles – a Mitsubishi Lancer and a Holden Colorado – also travelling south, slammed on the brakes to miss the Hilux, but they were both hit allegedly from behind by a bus. 

The bus driver was taken to West Wyalong Hospital for mandatory blood and urine tests and on Saturday, the 60-year-old was charged by Murrumbidgee Police District investigators.

He is facing charges of dangerous driving occasioning death and causing bodily harm by misconduct in charge of a motor vehicle.

He was granted conditional bail and will appear in Griffith Local Court on June 13.