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Near fatal bus crash leaves two people critically injured

A BUS crash on a notorious mountain road in Queensland on Sunday night was the latest in a string of near fatal school holiday crashes.

At the time of going to press two men were in a critical condition and eight others were being treated for varying injuries after the coach they were travelling in rolled at Mt Tamborine in the Gold Coast hinterland.

Most of those onboard were Chinese tourists.

The accident happened near the site of Queensland's worst bus crash, when 11 people were killed and 38 injured in 1990.

As day three of three of the NSW and Queensland traffic operations ended on Sunday night, the road toll in both states remained at 1.

Senior police feared drink driving would be responsible for a change in numbers by the end of the Christmas break.

In NSW, 111 drivers have been charged since Friday.

Commander of the NSW Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Assistant Commissioner John Hartley, said while numbers were down from last year, too many drivers were still taking the risk.

"Every time someone has a drink and gets behind the wheel they are putting their lives and the lives of innocent people at risk.

"As police, one of the hardest parts of the job is telling families their loved one has been killed, and many of these incidents can be avoided if people were more responsible on the roads."

Topics:  road crashes, school holidays




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