A group of primary school children has suffered traumatic, “life-changing” injuries after a horrific bus crash in Melbourne, Australia.
The bus was carrying 45 students when police say it was hit by a truck from behind and rolled on Tuesday afternoon.
Some 18 children – aged 5 to 11 – were rushed to hospital, many for emergency surgery. One remains in intensive care.
The truck driver has been charged with dangerous driving causing serious injury.
Australia has a below-average road safety record compared to other advanced economies. It ranks 20th of out of 36 OECD countries for road fatalities.
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Police said the bus had only just left Exford Primary School, on the western fringes of Melbourne, when the collision occurred.
Children were trapped inside the bus before bystanders – including the truck driver and many of their teachers, who had rushed to the scene – helped emergency responders to free them from the wreckage.
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