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Fourteen children hospitalised after eating lolly from bus driver



Fourteen children have been hospitalised after "eating a lolly given to them by a bus driver" in North Queensland.

The children became ill at Bluewater State School, about 30 minutes north of Townsville, and were treated by Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics about 10.10am.

Paramedics transported six students to Townsville University Hospital where they were treated for minor illness symptoms after they ingested an "unknown substance".

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A further eight students were transported later as a precaution.

All are in a stable condition. 

Queensland Police are investigating the incident.

"Like all Queensland state schools, Bluewater State School holds the safety of students and staff as its highest priority," Queensland's department of education said in a statement.

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"The department is aware of an incident that occurred today at Bluewater State School which required the assistance of emergency services.

"School staff acted quickly to attend to the students while the Queensland Ambulance.

"Service and parents were contacted. A number of students were transported to hospital."

The department said counselling services would be made available for anyone who needed it.

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