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Nearly 30 injured after bus crashes down embankment


A bus carrying schoolchildren and members of the public has crashed down an embankment in the NSW Riverina.

A number of passengers became trapped when the bus crashed near the Demondrille Creek Bridge at Harden.

Ambulance Superintendent Mark Gibbs says more than a dozen passengers were transported to Harden hospital for an assessment.

Two passengers are critically injured and have been airlifted from the scene, including a 65-year-old woman with head injuries and an 8-year-old male with fractures.

The cause of the crash is not yet known.

There were six people trapped on the bus when first responders arrived at the scene.

“It was quite a chaotic scene of people running around everywhere,” said NSW Ambulance Superintendent Mark Gibbs.

“The bus had run off the embankment, down into the creek, off a very narrow bridge,” he told Karl Stefanovic.

“It was up on its wheels, so it would’ve been a very confronting ride for the children and the adults.”

He explained that the ambulance crew were well-equipped to care for the injured passengers, saying “this is their bread and butter”, and all the emergency services worked together to get the patients to safety.

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