A teenager has died, one person has lost a limb and others have suffered head injuries after a bus rolled on Queensland’s Whitsunday Coast yesterday afternoon.

The bus left the road and overturned at Cannon Valley, near Airlie Beach around 1pm yesterday afternoon.  The 19-year-old died in Proserpine Hospital just hours after the incident occurred.

Ten others were badly injured, including three who remain in a critical condition.

Speaking with The Australian newspaper, The Queensland Ambulance Service’s Danny Murphy said:

“We’ve had one patient had an arm amputated and the other patient had to have the skin pulled off of their arm,” he said.

One woman was pinned under the bus while several sustained fractures and abrasions.  The passengers injured ranged in age from as young as six months and as old as 79.

No cause has been found as to why the incident occurred.  13 people were on board the bus when it rolled and ended up on its side off the edge of the Shute Harbour Road.

“It was a very bright sunny day (with the crash) happening on what appeared to be a straight stretch of road and reasons why the accident occurred at this particular stage are not yet clear,” said officer-in-charge of Proserpine Ambulance Station Gavin Cousens.

“The Queensland Police Service are investigating what the cause of the situation was.”

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  • How scary and sad for everyone n board.


  • that is sad! hopefully they find out what happened! i hadn’t heard about this until i read it here.


  • it’s so sad to read these stories,i am always reminde of why anita cobbys parents named their book”someone elses daughter”,because we are all human and we are allways grateful it wasn’t one of ours,but it has to be someones,and thats the sorrow.


  • Very very sad. I wonder what happened for this to occur


  • I don’t think the media should try to get reports and release them until next of kin have been advised. I know of one incident where a story was released on TV news and photos of the injured gentleman shown during it. His parents hadn’t even been notified as it had happened less than 1/2 hour before. They showed the Ambulance Crew taking him into the hospital. They rang the hospital for details and the Police couldn’t get through while they were talking to the hospital who initially didn’t want to release details under the Privacy Act. The gentleman was badly bashed by some thugs as he was walking though a carpark to collect his car after a sports event. He sustained head trauma and other injuries and was in hospital for a couple of weeks. In an attempt to escape the criminals rammed a stationary Police Car. The Crooks were trying to steal a car and thought they had been seen. Yes, they have appeared in court and were charged, not nearly harshly enough.


  • That’s so sad. I haven’t heard about this news before.


  • Tragic! Thoughts are with all involved.


  • So tragic for this yo have happened. Hope they find the cause and that survivors recover without too many long term injuries.


  • So many accidents happening these days. Thoughts to everyone involved.


  • Lke se


  • We must always be vigilant and prepared.


  • So very sad for all involved. It’s mind boggling how quickly a person’s life can change or end.


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