LISTEN: School bus crash horror ‘could’ve been much worse’

A young Chinchilla woman is dead and a Western Downs woman is in a critical condition, while one child is serious and another 16 have sustained injuries after a horror collision between a school bus and a car on the Warrego Highway.

Multiple paramedics, police and fire and rescue crews were called to the crash site 10km east of the town of Wallumbilla, between Roma and Chinchilla, just before 3.30pm.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokeswoman said 17 children were aboard the school bus when the crash occurred, with one in a serious condition with serious leg injuries and multiple fractures, while the other 16 sustained minor lacerations, abrasions and fractures.

The female driver of the car has been flown to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane with critical injuries. Picture: RACQ LifeFlight
The female driver of the car has been flown to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane with critical injuries. Picture: RACQ LifeFlight


A 30-year-old Chinchilla woman who was a passenger in the car, has since died, while the driver of the car, a 37-year-old Western Downs woman, suffered critical injuries.

The 37-year-old was driven by an ambulance Roma Airport before she was airlifted to the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

A RACQ LifeFlight Rescue Critical Care Doctor and QAS Flight Paramedic treated the woman for multiple traumatic injuries before she was airlifted.

The 58-year-old bus driver suffered minor injuries.

All 20 occupants of the bus and car were transported to Roma Hospital.


Member for Warrego Ann Leahy said her thoughts were with all involved in the incident.

Nineteen patients have taken to Roma Hospital, including one serious child, two critical adults, and 16 stable children following the Wallumbilla bus crash. Picture: QAS
Nineteen patients have taken to Roma Hospital, including one serious child, two critical adults, and 16 stable children following the Wallumbilla bus crash. Picture: QAS

"It is always very concerning for all of those involved and for their families because Wallumbilla is a very tight-knit community," she said.

"It's really tragic, we're always very careful on that Warrego Highway but unfortunately these things happen and we hope that we can get to the bottom of what the cause of the accident was.

"Many of the people who do the road crash rescue are local people so they would have been going to rescue with people in their own community so that makes it very traumatic for the community."

The Education Department confirmed in a statement that the bus was carrying students from Wallumbilla State School.

Both adults were significantly trapped before being cut out of the wreck by SES and firefighters after the first of QFES four crews arrived at 3.40pm.

A Queensland police spokesman said both lanes of the Warrego Hwy were shut as emergency services responded to the serious incident.

 

 

Originally published as School bus collides with car in serious crash on Warrego Hwy



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