Children suffer 'horrific' injuries in school bus crash west of Melbourne
Seven children are in a serious condition with life-changing injuries after a school bus collided with a truck and rolled west of Melbourne yesterday.
"The children have suffered multiple and traumatic injuries, including partial and complete amputations of arms, multiple crushed limb injuries, severe lacerations to head and body, head injuries," Royal Children's Hospital Chief Executive Officer Bernadette McDonald said.
The crash occurred when 45 children were heading home from Exford Primary School, near the intersection of Exford Road and Murphys Road at Eynesbury about 3.40pm.
McDonald has said she is surprised all children survived the horrific accident.
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Nine children aged between five and 11 were rushed to the hospital yesterday afternoon.
Seven were admitted, with one moved into the intensive care unit.
"Three patients are currently receiving spinal support."
She said several of the children would have to return to theatre today after operations continued overnight.
An emergency Code Brown was enacted at the hospital last night to deal with the bus crash victims.
McDonald said the children's parents were not able to be reunited with them until the early hours of the morning.
"It will be a long journey for these children and their families."
Parents were offered accommodation at the hospital overnight.
A Department of Education spokesperson has said the department's thoughts are with the students, families and staff involved.
"We acknowledge the response from the principal and staff at Exford Primary School, who all attended the scene and ensured every child involved was supported and looked after," the spokesperson said.
"The Department will continue to extend all resources to support students, staff and families."
Eynesbury is located about 44km from Melbourne, near Melton, and the crash occurred near Exford Primary School.
Exford Primary School is a coeducational school for years prep to six with 279 students enrolled.
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