Proserpine teenager dies after bus crashes in Cannon Valley

6PM: A 19-year-old Proserpine man has died and 10 others have been injured following a bus crash at Cannon Valley this afternoon.

Initial information indicates the bus with 13 people on board was travelling west on Shute Harbour Road when it left the roadway and overturned near Brandy Creek Road around 1pm, police said in a statement.

A 19-year-old man who was transported to Proserpine Hospital was pronounced deceased late this afternoon.

A 17-year-old man remains in a critical condition in Proserpine Hospital and is expected to be transported to Townsville Hospital along with a 25-year-old woman and a 29-year-old man who have each suffered serious arm injuries.

The 70-year-old male driver, three female passengers aged 79, 46 and 23 and three male passengers aged 42, 36 and a six-month old infant were also transported to Mackay and Proserpine hospitals for treatment.

Shute Harbour Road is expected to reopen shortly.

The Forensic Crash Unit is continuing its investigations into the incident. 

RACQ-CQ Rescue said on social media a patient had to have their right arm amputated.

Officer-in-Charge of the Proserpine Ambulance Station, Gavin Cousens said QAS were called to the crash about 1pm.

He said the crash occurred between Proserpine and Cannonvale.

"On arrival of the first initial Queensland Ambulance unit at the scene they found the bus had rolled off to the side of the road next to a cane paddock," he said.

"Extensive damage had occurred to the bus, and when they entered the bus to treat the people inside, initially a triage scenario was... 11 in persons in all ranging from six months old to 80-years of age.

"Out of those 11 people, four people were critically injured."

He said patients were transported to Proserpine Hospital and two were airlifted to Townsville Hospital and four remain at Proserpine Hospital.

4.30PM: Multiple Queensland Ambulance Service units attended the scene of a serious bus crash this afternoon carrying passengers of various ages.

Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young activated the State Health Emergency Coordination Centre to manage the statewide response to the incident.  

There are 11 injured patients in total.

Four of these patients were triaged with critical injuries and were transported to Proserpine Hospital.

There are a number of other patients currently being treated at Proserpine Hospital for a range of injuries.

Two patients are being transported to Mackay Base Hospital for treatment. 

Townsville Hospital is on standby to receive patients if needed. 

Queensland Health also deployed a number of aeromedical aircraft to assist with transporting the injured patients.

A further update will be provided to the media at 5.45pm. 

The RFDS are flying to Proserpine to assist those injured in a bus crash at Cannonvale near Airlie Beach, they posted on social media.

"Our Rockhampton crew (FD414) and Townsville crew (FD425) have arrived with a Flight Nurse, Doctor and emergency medical supplies on board," they said.

"We have a third aircraft on standby."

RACQ-CQ Rescue are also still on scene awaiting further instructions.

 

4PM: The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating following a serious single vehicle traffic crash on Shute Harbour Road in Cannon Valley this afternoon.

Initial investigations suggest at about 1pm a bus was travelling in a westerly direction from Airlie Beach to Proserpine on Shute Harbour Road when it left the roadway and crashed into a ditch.

A total of 11 people, including the driver of the bus, have been injured.

Those injured have been transported to hospital to Proserpine Hospital and Mackay Base Hospital.

Shute Harbour Road remains closed between Gregory-Cannon Valley Road and Hamilton Plains as emergency services respond to the incident.

3PM: QAS said 11 patients have been transported to hospital.

The bus company Whitsunday Transit declined to comment on the incident.

UPDATE:  A 79-year-old woman has been transported to Mackay Base Hospital with back and shoulder pain QAS said.

EARLIER: Five passengers are on their way to Proserpine Hospital after a serious bus crash on Shute Harbour Rd in Cannonvale.

The Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) said three patients including a 29-year-old woman with a significant arm injury and a man with a head injury have been rushed to the hospital.

A 30-year-old man with arm and back injuries and a 46-year-old woman with a rib injury have also been transported.

Police said Shute Harbour Rd is closed between Gregory-Cannon Valley Rd and Hamilton Plains due to the crash.

More to come.



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