It’s been revealed a man critically injured in a collision with a school bus that claimed the life of his son, had also lost another son in an accident eight years ago.
Alan Stevens, 68, was driving a 4WD with his son Josiah Stevens, 29, on Tuesday afternoon when it was involved in a fatal crash with a school bus at an intersection near Gympie, Queensland.
Josiah died at the scene and his father was taken to hospital in a critical condition.
None of 26 students on the bus required hospitalisation as a result of the crash, however six received minor injuries according to 7News.
The 53-year-old Goomeri female bus driver was taken to hospital with minor injuries.
“It appears the 4WD has come out through a give-way sign into the path of the oncoming bus,” Acting Sergeant Peter Cowan told media on Wednesday, commending the actions of the driver.
“It’s very fortunate the bus remained upright and that was through driver input as well."
Sadly, the Stevens family are familiar with road accidents.
Eight years ago Alan lost his 17-year-old son, Clancy David Stevens, when he and Josiah - who was 22 at the time -lost control on a trail bike along Henry Rd at Goomboorian.
Clancy died instantly at the scene while Josiah was found the next morning by an off duty nurse on her way to work, according to the Gold Coast Bulletin.
A family friend paid tribute to Josiah on Facebook, saying the 29-year-old would "be happy" to be with his brother.
“RIP Josiah Stevens. Taken far too soon. We will miss your beautiful smile and wonderful laugh,” Sheena Avison wrote on Facebook.
Ms Avison also shared Alan has a long road to recovery with “multiple broken bones”.
Forensic Crash Unit investigations are continuing.
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