Seven children are fighting for their lives after a horrific bus accident west of Melbourne, while several students are left with partial or total amputations in hospital.
The accident happened on Tuesday afternoon at the corner of Exford and Murphys Rd in Eynesbury, west of Melbourne’s central business district.
At 3:40 p.m. rescue workers were called to the scene of the accident.
According to Victoria Police, the bus was driving from Exford Primary School, which is just 900 meters from the scene of the accident, when a lorry struck the vehicle from behind.
The bus rolled over on its side as a result of the collision.
At the time, 45 children aged between five and eleven from Exford Primary School were on the bus, with ten students suffering multiple and traumatic injuries.
“This includes the partial and total amputation of weapons,” said Bernadette McDonald, chief executive of the Royal Children’s Hospital, at a news conference.
“We have admitted seven patients, one of whom is currently in our intensive care unit.” The children are between five and eleven years old.
“The children have sustained multiple and traumatic injuries, including partial and total amputations of the arms, multiple crushed limb injuries, severe lacerations to the head and body, head injuries, broken glass injuries, and three patients are currently receiving spinal support and are being closely monitored.” spinal injuries.
Ms McDonald said theater staff were on duty into the early hours of Wednesday and many would require further surgeries in the coming days and weeks.
An adult and 14 school children were taken to hospital after a school bus collided with a truck on Tuesday afternoon
One adult and 13 children were taken to hospital, with 10 of those children suffering “serious traumatic” injuries, according to Ambulance Victoria.
“Ten children were taken to hospital by ambulance with serious injuries,” Ambulance Victoria said in a statement.
“Three other children and one adult were taken to hospital in stable condition by ambulance.”
Many students in the hospital will have to undergo surgery in the coming days.
“Paramedics stayed on site for more than three hours and examined the patients.”
The male bus driver suffered minor injuries.
Passers-by helped extricate some of the children from the overturned vehicle before emergency services arrived.
Six people were trapped in the devastated rubble but were eventually rescued by firefighters and SES employees.
At the time of the accident, 45 children were on the school bus. Six people were trapped in the bus, but rescue services were able to free them from the mangled debris
One adult and 14 children were hospitalized, with ten of those children suffering serious injuries from the accident
The truck driver, a 49-year-old man from Balliang, near Geelong, is helping the police investigate.
Parents arrived at the crash site looking for their children.
Two rescue planes were called.
Photos show dozens of police officers, Country Fire Authority (CFA) firefighters, paramedics and SES at the scene. CFA and SES try to extricate children from the bus.
Several parents at the school expressed their shock at the crash on social media.
“Thinking of everyone affected by this accident, especially our nephews and nieces,” one woman wrote on Facebook.
“This is just devastating to our community.” “Thinking of everyone involved and their families,” said another.
The collision happened at the corner of Exford and Murphys Rd in Eynesbury, west of Melbourne’s CBD
Victoria Police Commissioner Michael Cruse explained that the bus was turning right when struck.
“It was traveling west on Exford Road and when it tried to make a right onto Murphy’s Road, we assumed a truck collided with the rear of the bus,” he said at the scene.
“The bus overturned while turning right.”
Investigators from the Major Collision Investigation Unit will investigate the circumstances of the accident
The roads in the area remain closed.
The Country Fire Authority (CFA) has urged people to stay away from the area.