Bus crashes at Lamington National Park with 19 people on board

EMERGENCY services rushed to the scene of a crash near O’Reilly’s last night.

A spokeswoman for Queensland Police said they received a call after 8pm reporting a 25-seater bus.

The Queensland Ambulance Service said the bus was carrying a group of tourists on their way to the glow worm caves and had gone about 20 metres down an embankment at Lamington National Park at 8.12pm.

Paramedics along with critical care and High Acuity Response assessed 19 patients in total, most of whom were out of the bus by the time the ambulance arrived.

Six patients in total were transported to Gold Coast University Hospital with various injuries.

The bus driver, a man in his twenties, was airlifted to Gold Coast University Hospital in a stable condition with pelvic and abdominal injuries.

A spokeswoman for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services said they responded at 8.16pm, sending three pump appliances, one rescue vehicle and a senior officer.

She said all people in the bus apart from the driver were out of the bus.

The driver was extricated from the bus via the back of the vehicle and carried up the embankment in a Stokes basket at 10.19pm.

Fire crews remained at the accident site until 10.44pm after making sure the scene was safe.