Coach driver charged, alleged driving on wrong side of road

POLICE have charged a coach driver with dangerous driving after detecting him allegedly driving on the wrong side of the road at Wallerawang in Bathurst yesterday.

About 5.30pm on Wednesday police were patrolling westbound on the Great Western Hwy when they observed a coach travelling eastbound in the western lanes.

Police will allege the coach, carrying 50 passengers, past nine westbound vehicles including the Highway Patrol car.

All westbound vehicles had to take evasive action to avoid the coach and some were forced off the road to avoid a collision.

The coach eventually came to a stop in the middle of a painted island between the east and westbound lanes.

Officers spoke with the 72-year-old driver and requested the attendance of Ambulance Paramedics who conveyed the man to Lithgow Hospital for assessment.

The fifty passengers were conveyed by a local coach operator to their destination. No one was injured during the incident.

After leaving hospital the driver was issued a field court attendance notice for driving in a manner dangerous and had his licence suspended.

He is expected to appear at Lithgow Local Court on May 30.

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