Lucky escape for Rocky man's brother



ROCKHAMPTON'S Patrick Maloney expressed his relief yesterday, after learning his brother, John, was safe following the Egyptian bus disaster.

Mr Maloney said his brother, a senior police officer on the Sunshine Coast, was travelling on a second bus behind the illfated coach, when it crashed on the road between Cairo and Alexandria on Wednesday.

The crash claimed six Australian lives and injured 26. Patrick Maloney said he heard the good news through his other brother Greg, who was contacted by police in Brisbane.

Detective Inspector John Maloney heads the taskforce investigating the disappearance of Sunshine Coast schoolboy Daniel Morcombe.

Patrick Maloney, who works at Bluefin Sports in North Rockhampton, said John and other passengers on board the second bus helped those in trouble by getting them out of the wreckage.

"John was travelling about 150 metres behind the first bus in the middle of the night,'' he said. "One of the passengers saw the bus flip over onto it's roof where it then started to collapse.''

He said his family were relieved John was safe.

"We were concerned because we heard that there was a bus crash in Egypt, but didn't know if he was involved,'' he said.

"It's very sad for those who were involved in the crash.



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