FIVE occupants of a vehicle driven by a learner driver had a lucky escape after the vehicle in which they were travelling ploughed into the rear of a parked unoccupied police minibus in Nowra on Tuesday evening.
Shortly after 7.38pm emergency services were called to North Street opposite The Bridge Tavern where a Holden Commodore station wagon had collided with the parked minibus from the NSW Police Aviation Support Branch, which was in town for training.
Emergency services converged on the scene after initial reports that a pedestrian had also been struck but it was actually occupants of the car who had made it outside the vehicle and in one case were lying on the roadway.
Police at the scene said the station wagon was driven by an 18-year-old learner driver, who was under the supervision of a licensed male driver. Police said the vehicle turned west into North Street from Bridge Road and lost traction, causing it to fishtail and collide with the bus.
All five occupants were taken to Shoalhaven Hospital suffering from a variety of injuries.
A front seat male passenger suffered serious head injuries and a backseat female passenger a compound leg fracture.
Two other backseat female passengers, aged 21 and 14, suffered chest pains and cuts and abrasions.
Investigations into the cause of the accident are continuing.