Trip to Dreamworld ends with students trapped in bus crash

ABOUT 50 Gympie students were trapped and four of them taken to hospital, after a double bus crash south of Brisbane yesterday.

Ambulance officers treated all 128 passengers on two buses involved in the nose-to-tail Bruce Hwy crash, at Springwood, about 9.25am.

The James Nash High School students were still trapped in the rear bus at 10.30am, as rescuers wrestled with a damaged door.

Four with suspected soft tissue injuries were examined at Logan Hospital and released.

Angry parents complained that a teacher had initially instructed children not to phone their parents, although several defied the edict.

Principal Darrin Edwards said this was a deliberate strategy so that students would all have the facts first.

"Then we instructed them all to call their parents.

"We followed up at this end for any who could not (contact their parents from the scene)," he said.

The students were on what Mr Edwards described as "a well earned Reward Day," visiting Dreamworld.

"We intend to organise another reward, because they deserved it," he said.

Polleys Coaches general manager Warren Polley said he was sorry their day was ruined but grateful the crash had not been more serious.

Both buses had seatbelts, Mr Polley said.

TRAPPED: The view from inside the rear bus (left) and from outside (right) as rescuers worked to free the trapped students.
TRAPPED: The view from inside the rear bus (left) and from outside (right) as rescuers worked to free the trapped students. Contributed
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