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At least three of 19 passengers have been taken to hospital after a bus crashed on Queensland’s Bruce Highway, north of Gympie

Vaseline 2 months ago

At least three passengers have been taken to hospital after a bus veered off the road and crashed on a notorious Queensland highway.

Emergency services were called to the Bruce Highway at Gunalda, north of Gympie, at around 2.40am on Monday after a bus lost control and left the road.

It is understood there were up to 20 occupants on the bus, including the driver, most of whom fortunately escaped serious injury.

However, three passengers were taken to Gympie Hospital.

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A man in his 20s is believed to have suffered a broken ankle, while a man in his 40s was treated for glass injuries and a woman in her 20s complained of chest pain.

A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesperson said all passengers were likely assessed at the scene to ensure they did not require hospital admission.

Footage from the scene showed the group of commuters standing and sitting near bushes on the side of the road as they were checked one by one.

Senior Sergeant Robert Lowry said the bus “traveled off the roadway for some distance” but the vehicle did not collide head-on with any object.

“Whether it was looking at the wall or the branches, there is clearly some damage to the bus,” he told 7News.

A replacement bus was called and the remaining passengers boarded and continued their journey to Brisbane, it is understood.

Crash investigators spent the early hours of Monday morning examining the wreckage as police interviewed passengers about what they heard and saw.

Queensland Police have warned motorists to avoid the area if possible on Monday morning while crews remove the damaged bus.