Bus with 24 occupants and tractor collide near Lexton

Emergency services rushed to Lexton on Friday after a mini bus carrying students and staff from the Ballarat Specialist School collided with a tractor on the Sunraysia Highway.

One person was airlifted to a Melbourne hospital and 12 others were taken to Ballarat Base following a major collision between a bus, carrying 21 Ballarat Specialist School students, and a tractor in Lexton last week.

The accident occurred on the Sunraysia Highway in Lexton’s town centre just before 2 pm on Friday when the tractor and mini bus collided.

The bus was carrying 21 students, aged between 16 and 18, and three staff members and Ballarat Highway Patrol Acting Senior Sergeant Stuart Gale said emergency services arrived on scene to discover some passengers still trapped.

“Unfortunately we had two people, both staff members, trapped on the bus for some time,” he said.

“A number of people who were on the bus were injured, but the injuries were non-life threatening.

“We’re still investigating around the circumstances of the collision at this stage.”

More than 20 emergency service vehicles including police, paramedics, CFA and SES units were on scene for the major incident and region agency commander for CFA Grampians Michael Boatman said on Friday that it was a team effort to get the scene under control and a clean up underway.

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