A teenage girl was airlifted to the hospital with serious injuries following a truck collision with a school bus early on Wednesday morning in Melbourne’s north-west.
At around 3.15 in the morning, a truck collided with a school bus transporting children from Ballarat’s Loreto College near the intersection of Condons Lane in Pentland Hills.
The collision caused the bus, which was carrying 27 young girls in grades 9 through 11, four adults, and a bus driver, to go down an embankment.
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Many people were sent to the hospital in critical condition.
Two girls were airlifted to the Royal Children’s Hospital with critical injuries, while the male truck driver was transported to the Royal Melbourne hospital with serious injuries.
A 40-year-old lady was brought with severe but treatable upper limb injuries to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.
A 50-year-old man who had been receiving treatment for lower body injuries was also brought to the Royal Melbourne Hospital in a critical but stable condition.
The remaining students and adults were sent in a stable condition to several Melbourne hospitals.
The bus was headed to Melbourne Airport because the students and teachers were taking a flight to America for a NASA space camp.