‘Confronting scene’: 27 injured in church bus crash
A WOMAN in her 60s is clinging to life and an eight-year-old boy has suffered multiple fractures after a bus crash in southern NSW.
Ambulance NSW were called to the accident on Burley Griffin Way at Harden, northwest of Canberra, just before 8.30am today.
Images posted on social media showed the white coach had run off the road into a paddock.
NSW Police said the bus was carrying a church group, with 28 adults and children on board.
Police said 25 of the passengers had been transferred to Harden hospital with a range of minor injuries, and two passengers, including an 8-year-old boy with a fractured leg and a 65 year-old-woman with serious head injuries, were being airlifted to Canberra Hospital.
The male driver is currently on scene assisting police with inquiries.
NSW Police Superintendent Mark Gibbs described the scene as confronting.
"Having to assess and triage a large number of patients like this is extremely challenging, paramedics had to work quickly under difficult circumstances," Supt Gibbs said.
"Turning up to a job like this is really difficult, often you don't know what to expect, especially when children are involved"
"Our paramedics worked tirelessly with all emergency services"
Twenty-six of the patients, all with minor injuries, were transported to Harden Hospital for further assessment.
A crime scene is in place at the location and officers from the Major Crash Task Force are on route.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.