Police attended the scene of a near miss involving a school boy on Wednesday.
Police attended the scene of a near miss involving a school boy on Wednesday. Alistair Brightman

School boy lucky to be alive after near miss

A BOY is lucky to be alive thanks to the actions of a quick thinking driver.

Police say the nine-year-old boy ran out in front of a school bus and into the path of an oncoming driver at Booral about 7.45am yesterday.

The ute driver swerved to avoid hitting the child head-on.

As a result the boy ran into the side of the vehicle and received only minor injuries to his arm and leg.

Hervey Bay police Constable Regan Learoyd was on the scene and said the boy had been waiting for the school bus with his brother.

"He is very, very lucky," Const Learoyd said.

"It could have very easily gone either way."

The child was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital.