Near miss as rock thrown at Mt Warrigal bus

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A female passenger narrowly avoided being hit in the head when a rock was thrown at a bus travelling through Mount Warrigal on Wednesday night.

The bus was heading south along Landy Drive, between Garrard Avenue and Morgan Avenue about 7.15pm when a rock shattered a driver’s side window.

An 18-year-old woman sitting beneath the window was almost hit.

‘‘The rock came within centimetres of the female passenger, narrowly missing her head,’’ Lake Illawarra Police Inspector Paul Allman said.

The male driver stopped the bus and nearby residents came to his assistance.

Police have interviewed the driver and are reviewing the vehicle’s CCTV footage. The rock has been recovered and is being examined.

Police doorknocked the area on Thursday.

Transport Workers’ Union sub-branch secretary Nick McIntosh said rock-throwing incidents were ‘‘callous’’ acts that endangered the safety of bus drivers and passengers.

‘‘All you need is some idiot out there to do something stupid and suddenly your safety is in danger,’’ he said.

‘‘It’s shocking bus drivers in this day and age have to put up with such random and callous attacks.’’

He said drivers could refuse to service certain routes if such incidents happened regularly in particular areas.

‘‘At the end of the day both the safety of the bus driver and passenger safety must come first.’’

Insp Allman said police would like to speak with two male teenagers who may have witnessed, not committed, the incident.

They were aged between 15 and 16 years old and wearing tracksuit pants and jumpers, with one about 165 centimetres tall and the other 175 centimetres. One boy was pushing a scooter.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.