Bus driver interviewed by police

A PORT Stephens Coaches driver has been interviewed by police after the bus he was driving hit and killed a mother carrying her 11-month-old daughter.

Mijin Shin, 38, died after being hit at an intersection in Beecroft, in north-west Sydney, while carrying the baby at 3.20pm on Wednesday.

One of the passengers on the bus, which was returning from a three-day trip to the Great Aussie Bush Camp in Tea Gardens, was the woman’s 11-year-old daughter.

The owner of a nearby shop said the 11-year-old girl comforted her screaming sister.

‘‘To see that little 11-year-old girl cuddling her little sister, not knowing how badly hurt her mother was, is something I will never forget,’’ Michael O’Rourke said.

The baby was unhurt, having rolled or been knocked to the side as the bus – carrying about 50 year 6 students from Beecroft Primary School – hit her mother.

Police said the driver, 69, from Taylors Beach had been released pending further inquiries after he returned a negative breath test and submitted to mandatory blood and urine tests.

Port Stephens Coaches’ director Chris Fogg said the driver had four decades of driving experience.

He was receiving counselling.

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