School bus accident with many injured in Australia


Four adults, 27 students and the bus driver were taken to hospitala across Victoria on Wednesday after a school bus collided with a truck in Australia west of Melbourne. The bus was carrying girls students from years nine to 11 at Loreto College in Ballarat. The students were on their way to the airport for a trip to America for a NASA space camp at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The excursion costs parents $7500 per student. The crash occurred amid the clean-up from an earlier incident. Paramedics assessed more than 30 people on scene with “traumatic injuries”. The male truck driver was also been taken to hospital by road with serious injuries. Between injured, two teachers were taken by road to hospitals in a serious condition. Pictures from the scene shows school bags scattered across the grass.The students’ parents were asked to stay away from the crash and contact Ballarat police station.


“Ballarat is a close community, and we understand there is concern for those involved in this accident. We can confirm that all students in our care have been reunited with their families, and some have been discharged home,” the police said. Investigators believe the bus had stopped at the speed reduction signs when the truck, which was unable to slow down in time, crashed into the bus, sending it rolling down the embankment. The speed limit on the freeway, which is usually 110km/h, was reduced to 40km/h at the time of the crash. The truck had been “considerably damaged”.