TERRIBLE: A nine year old girl was airlifted by the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter.
TERRIBLE: A nine year old girl was airlifted by the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter. RACQ LifeFlight Rescue

Heartbreaking news for girl hit by bus outside school

UPDATE 1.13pm:

THE nine-year-old girl may lose all of the ligaments in her foot after she was hit by a bus leaving Agnes Water State School yesterday afternoon.

The young girl was taken to Lady Cilento Children's Hospital where she underwent her first surgery.

In a post on Facebook the school said the girl had "suffered two fractured feet and a fractured knee, along with significant damage to her left foot".

"The family have been advised to expect a lengthy recovery and multiple surgeries," it said.

"The family passes on their thanks to all who assisted with the care of the child yesterday.

"This is a sad event for all involved and my thoughts go out to the family of the child, the driver of the bus, staff of Scifleet buses and staff and parents of our school that were involved in assisting with this accident."

UPDATE: 9.25am:

AGNES Water State School principal Trevor Buchanan released a statement on the school's Facebook page yesterday after a nine-year-old girl was struck by a bus.

Mr Buchanan said the girl was crossing the road and "returning back to the school side of Donohue Dr" when she stepped out in front of a parked vehicle and "into an oncoming school bus".

"The child has been airlifted to Bundaberg for treatment in a stable condition," he said.

Mr Buchanan thanked the "rapid response" of parents and staff who provided first aid to the school girl immediately after the incident.

"I am also very appreciative of the patience shown by students and parents this afternoon in the delays in school departure as we provided for the wellbeing of this child," he said.

"In these types of situations, it is important that as a school community we support each other and provide opportunities for those who need it to talk.

"(Today) we will begin our day with a short parade and will introduce our Guidance Officer - Melony Spencer and Senior Guidance Officer - Gary Hohn to the students. We will talk briefly about road safety and provide the opportunity for any children to speak with our Guidance Officers if they feel the need."

UPDATE: 5.41pm: 

A SENIOR Agnes Water police officer has recalled the accident that left a little girl with serious wounds to her leg when she was meant to be enjoying the beginning of holidays.

The girl, aged 9, is being airlifted to a Brisbane hospital after being struck by a bus outside an Agnes Water school shortly before the final bell.

She is being airlifted by RACQ LifeFlight Rescue with her mum.

Senior Constable Simon Burns said the girl has "significant" injuries to her legs and feet.

"She's got some deep cuts," Snr Con Burns said.

All of the injuries were contained to her legs and feet, he said.

He said while he believes the injuries were not life threatening, she may need surgery.

Snr Con Burns said police, first on scene, were alerted to the incident by quick-thinking parents, who'd begun performing first aid on the girl.

But he said paramedics, along with firefighters, were close behind.

"She's been looked after by the paramedics and helicopter rescue crew, and they've done a terrific job."

The Bundaberg RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter airlifted the little girl and her mother to the Sunshine Coast RACQ LifeFlight hangar.

She was then transferred to the Sunshine Coast based RACQ LifeFlight Rescue helicopter where she was airlifted to the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital in a stable condition.

"It's believed the little girl was attempting to cross the road between two parked cars, when the bus knocked her to the ground, running over her legs and feet," the rescue service said in a statement.

The police are investigating the incident.


A NINE-YEAR-old girl has been hit by a bus "outside" an Agnes Water school.

It's not yet known which one of the two schools in Agnes Water -- Discovery Christian College or Agnes Water State School.

Paramedics were called to the incident at about 2.50pm.

CHILD DOWN: A child has been hit by a bus in Agnes Water.
CHILD DOWN: A child has been hit by a bus in Agnes Water. Tony Martin

A Queensland Ambulance spokeswoman said emergency crews has also called on a rescue helicopter, but that helicopter is yet to be tasked.

The spokeswoman said it appeared the child had leg injuries, but it's unclear how significant the injuries are.

She expected to have more information in about 20 minutes.

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