Seven people have been hospitalised after a tour bus rolled 20 metres down an embankment in the Gold Coast hinterland overnight.
The bus, which had 19 passengers on board, crashed off Lamington National Park Road, near O’Reilly’s Rainforest, just after 8.00pm on Sunday.
It’s understood a number of tourists were on their way to the glow worm cave when the accident happened.
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The driver of the bus, a man in his 20s, was stuck in the vehicle for more than two hours as Queensland Fire and Rescue crews, along with police and paramedics, desperately worked to secure the bus and free the man.
He was eventually freed and flown to Gold Coast University Hospital in a serious but stable condition with pelvic and abdominal injuries.
Queensland Ambulance said all other passengers managed to escape, with six receiving treatment by paramedics at the nearby O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat.
They were then transported to Gold Coast University Hospital with various minor injuries, including glass cuts and seat belt injuries.
Final update for bus rollover at #Oreilly. One patient transported by helicopter to Gold Coast University Hospital with moderate injuries. 6 other patients with minor injuries transported by road to Gold Coast University Hospital.
— Queensland Ambulance (@QldAmbulance) January 13, 2019