Multiple Injured In Horror Bus Crash Outside Canberra
A bus carrying 30 passengers from a church group has crashed outside of Canberra, injuring at least 28 people.
The crash occurred at about 8.30am this morning in Harden, north-west of Canberra.
At least 28 people were injured, including a 65-year-old woman who suffered a serious head injury and was airlifted to Canberra Hospital in a critical condition.
A 14-year-old boy who suffered a fractured leg was also airlifted to Canberra Hospital.
Ambulance Inspector Stephen Pollard said neither patient had life-threatening injuries.
"They will be okay," he said.
A further 26 patients with minor injuries, the majority of them children aged 10 to 14, were transported to Harden Hospital for further assessment.
Seven crews were dispatched to the scene, including specialist medical teams.
“The scene was confronting," NSW Ambulance Superintendent Mark Gibbs said.
“Having to assess and triage a large number of patients like this is extremely challenging, paramedics had to work quickly under difficult circumstances.
“Turning up to a job like this is really difficult, often you don’t know what to expect, especially when children are involved."
Pollard said the passengers were "shaken, but not stirred", and were transported by another bus to Harden Hospital.
Photos from the scene show the smashed bus sitting in a grass ditch away from the road, with a ladder providing an escape route for passengers.
It's not clear what caused the accident, but NSW Police are investigating. The driver is on the scene assisting police with enquiries.
Chief executive of MIA Coaches, Owen Brown, said the bus was new, and had left Griffith at about 6am bound for Richmond in Sydney.
"It's pretty devastating to have one of our vehicles involved in an accident with injuries," he said.
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