Seven hospitalised after bus carrying high school rowers crashes and rolls

Published 27 Mar 2020

Last month, a bus owned by Adelaide's Scotch College crashed and rolled in far-west Victoria near the South Australian border. The 22 January accident resulted in seven students being taken to hospital, according to ABC.

Portland's Sergeant Ryan Nelson reported the bus was carrying 21 teenage students and four adults when it rolled on Portland-Nelson Road, near Black Swan Road.

Two of the more seriously injured teenagers were taken by helicopter to Mt. Gambier and then transported to Adelaide by fixed-wing aircraft. Five more people were taken to hospital by road. The remaining passengers were assessed at the scene.

"Luckily, all the kids are okay," Sergeant Nelson reported.

"There are a couple that are seriously injured, but they're still okay. They're talking to us, which is a really good thing, so we're really happy".

Scotch College Principal, John Newton, made a statement saying the students were on their way to the school's senior and intermediate rowing camp in Nelson. Mr Newton highlighted that the bus was equipped with seatbelts and that no other vehicles were involved in the crash.

"As a result of this accident a small number of students have sustained minor to moderate injuries and are receiving appropriate medical treatment at medical facilities, including two students who have been airlifted to Adelaide," he said. "Other students and staff members are receiving precautionary medical attention. All families of students and staff involved in the accident have been notified and are being updated as appropriate information comes to hand."

Sergeant Nelson also reported that the passengers were fortunate that a doctor was close by when the accident happened and was able to triage the injured after the incident.

"There was a lot of shock amongst all the occupants of the bus and it's hard to imagine how the parents would be feeling," Nelson said.

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