Townsville Bulletin

Utility and bus collide

- CAMERON BATES

THE forensic crash unit is investigat­ing a horror crash between a school bus and a ute on a rural road that ended with a man getting flown to hospital and his dog dying.

Emergency services rushed to the scene northwest of Ingham about 7.40am on Tuesday and were greeted by the crumpled wreckage of the utility on Dalrymple Creek Bridge on Hawkins Creek Rd.

It had collided head-on with a school bus, carrying three students, on the single-lane bridge.

An emergency services source told the Bulletin it was lucky a person was not killed.

The driver of the ute, a well-known Hinchinbro­ok local, was flown to Townsville Hospital in a serious but stable condition with injuries to his lower body.

The 54-year-old also suffered a nasty gash to his head and was wearing a neck brace when freed from the car. He was conscious and alert throughout his ordeal.

The driver and three students aboard the westbound Trans North school bus were believed to be uninjured although badly shaken.

The scene was still cordoned off on

Tuesday afternoon as forensic crash unit officers combed through the wreckage.

An emergency responder said the collision had been severe.

“It looks like nobody wanted to give way,” they said.

It’s understood both vehicles were towed from the scene and investigat­ions will try to unravel what led up to the crash.

Emergency services were kept busy in Ingham, with a woman cut free from her car in another serious crash.

Just after 1pm, multiple emergency crews were called to the two-vehicle accident just off the Bruce Highway in north Ingham.

A van carrying two people appeared to have struck the side of a SUV.

The SUV sustained major damage to the driver’s side, with Queensland Fire and Emergency Services using the jaws of life to free the sole occupant, a woman.

She was taken to Ingham Hospital in a stable condition with lower leg injuries. The occupants of the van appeared shaken but uninjured and were taken to hospital as a precaution.

Investigat­ions are ongoing, with police asking for anyone with informatio­n to come forward.

 ??  ?? Tuesday’s collision northwest of Ingham. Picture: Cameron Bates
Tuesday’s collision northwest of Ingham. Picture: Cameron Bates

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