UPDATE: Mum said bus route was dangerous back in March

UPDATE 4.27pm:

CALLIOPE mum Lynda Ninness, who campaigned for seatbelts on school buses in March, has had her fears become a reality this morning when three of her four children were in a bus crash on Taragoola Rd. 

Mrs Ninness has lobbied the State Government to introduce mandatory seatbelts on rural buses and believes they could have prevented the injuries. 

"A couple of kids almost went through the windscreen," she said. 

"The high schoolers up the back were flung forward four sets of seats."

Two of her children were taken to the Gladstone Hospital but both returned home for a quiet afternoon.

Delaney Burke was on the bus when it crashed this morning and said a lot of the injuries could have been avoided. 

"We don't have seatbelts on our bus. It is pretty risky," she said. 

"I felt the bus lurch to the side and swerve. It turned to the left and gained control just before it slammed into the dirt.

"Thank goodness the driver did everything he could or we would have been on our side or rolled over."

She said children were screaming and crying after the crash and wanted to speak to their mothers.


UPDATE 10.40am: 

A SCHOOL student has labelled the bus driver they know as "Roley" as a hero after he stopped a girl flying out of the front window.

Fifteen-year-old Gurdya McDonough was one of 21 students on the school bus that crashed on Taragoola Rd this morning.

She said the bus driver grabbed a girl and stopped her from flying through the window when the bus crashed.

"He was a bit shaken up but that didn't worry him, he made sure we were okay," she said.

"He carried us all out of the bus, him, Katrina Elliott and another stranger helped. (The bus driver) and the strangers who stopped, the police, ambulance and fire brigade really are true heroes." 

EARLIER 10am: 

SEVEN students have been taken to Gladstone Hospital after they were injured in a school bus crash on Taragoola Rd in Calliope. 

Seven school students have been taken to the Gladstone Hospital after their school bus crashed on Taragoola Rd in Calliope. Photo Campbell Gellie / The Observer
Seven school students have been taken to the Gladstone Hospital after their school bus crashed on Taragoola Rd in Calliope. Photo Campbell Gellie / The Observer Campbell Gellie


The students were complaining of neck, shoulder and back pain and others with bruising.

There were 21 students on the bus and one driver. 


EARLIER 9am: TWO students sustained minor injuries in a school bus crash this morning in Calliope at 7.50am.

Students escaped through the emergency exit after the bus failed to take a turn on Taragoola Rd and crashed into the culvert. 

Paramedics have assessed about 20 students for injuries.


EARLIER: 8.40am

A SCHOOL bus has crashed into a culvert on Taragoola Rd in Calliope.

Emergency services are at the scene as paramedics assess about 20 school students for injuries.

More to come. 

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