Wide Bay Transit sends flowers after bus kills family dog
A YOUNG Maryborough family is devastated their beloved dog was killed by a bus, which did not stop after the accident.
Mum Natasha Collins said her three young children saw the death of their puppy Tank when the bus struck him on Monday morning.
Her eight-year-old son Ethan was standing on the footpath at the corner of Dundas St and Cardigan St with Tank when the dog got away from her son.
Ms Collins said bus drivers sped past each morning.
"I knew this day was coming," she said.
"They just don't slow down on that corner."
Ms Collins said she was disgusted the driver did not stop.
She said her son was only a metre away from also being struck by the bus.
Wide Bay Transit has issued a written apology to the family and also sent flowers to their home.
A spokeswoman for Wide Bay Transit said the bus driver had felt the bus hit something but had assumed the dog had run away unhurt when he could not see it in his rear view mirror.
She said a passenger on the bus had told the company the same thing.
"It is just devastating," the spokeswoman said.
"We feel for her, especially having little children."
The spokeswoman said the company had also looked into Ms Collins's concern over the speed of the bus drivers, however believed the buses could not be hitting the corner at the speed limit as there was a stop on the route just before the intersection.