A 13-YEAR-OLD boy was run over by a school bus in Wendouree yesterday morning.
Police said the incident happened at 8.15am in Forest Street after the boy had left the bus on his way to school at Ballarat Grammar.
Ballarat Highway Patrol Sergeant Ross Humphrey said the boy went to a side-door storage area of the bus, where a bag became caught in the door.
“The bus took off, the child was knocked over and the bus ran over his leg,” Sergeant Humphrey said. “He’ll be okay.”
Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen said the boy was taken to Ballarat Health Services Base Hospital with a broken leg.
Sergeant Humphrey said the boy’s family was contacted immediately and the school was handling the situation well.
“All the services have been put into place for the children who saw the accident,” he said.
“Our youth counselling officer will contact the school.”
Ambulance crews worked on the boy for more than 30 minutes at the scene before he was taken to hospital.
Police directed the heavy school-time traffic around the accident scene while paramedics delivered treatment.
The scene was cleared by 9.15am.
Ballarat Grammar headmaster Stephen Higgs said all students involved were receiving the necessary support and counselling.
“That’s already happening,” he said yesterday morning.
“Both in small groups for those directly involved and a larger year 7 group for the friends of the student involved.”
Mr Higgs said the school would work with the bus company to try to avoid a similar incident.