16 injured, one critical, following bus crash

A woman has been airlifted to hospital after being critically injured in a bus crash in far northern NSW.

She was one of 16 passengers on board when the bus left the road and hit a tree west of Byron Bay on Saturday night.

Police say the vehicle appears to have lost control on Main Arm Road at Mullumbimby at 10.55pm, injuring 12 passengers, including the 28-year-old woman.


“Emergency services, including the Westpac Rescue Helicopter, attended the scene with 12 passengers taken to hospitals around the district,” Police said in a statement.

“One of the passengers, a woman from Darlinghurst (in Sydney), is in a critical condition in Lismore Base Hospital with spinal, chest and facial injuries.”

Three other passengers are also being treated at Lismore, with five taken to Tweed Hospital, and four getting treatment at Byron Central Hospital.

The 56-year-old driver returned a negative roadside breath test and inquiries into the crash are continuing.

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