Gympie students “all OK” after bus crash

"NO serious injuries" was the good news this morning from a minor near-Brisbane bus crash involving about 100 Gympie high school students.

But, contrary to initial reports, the crash has put an end to a day out for at least some of the students, all believed to be in Year Nine.

It is understood students involved in the crash are being transported back to Gympie now.

Polleys Coaches general manager Warren Polley said the students were among about 250 to 300 James Nash High School students travelling to the Gold Coast for a theme park day out, including a visit to Dreamworld.

Mr Polley said two of five Polleys buses carrying the students had been involved in a low impact crash, when one crashed into the rear of the other.

The crash happened about 9.30am near Springwood on Brisbane's southern outskirts, Mr Polley said.

"The other three coaches were not involved and their day has been unaffected.

"The buses were seat belted and no-one has been taken to hospital," he said.

"The ambos are doing the right thing, checking all the students in the two buses that were involved in the crash.

"I believe one girl has a cracked lip and another one has a sore knee, but I am told the injuries were not serious.

"I feel upset that their day has been affected, but very grateful it was not a major crash and that no-one has been hurt seriously."

He said one bus experienced minor engine damage as the one behind impacted its fiberglass rear cowling. The bus at the rear had a broken windscreen.

"Police escorted them off the highway and into the car park of the Arndale Shopping Centre.

"Unfortunately both buses are immobilized."

Mr Polley said the crash occurred in heavy traffic near where the Gateway Motorway joins the Pacific Hwy.

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