UPDATE 4:50PM | SIXTY-eight passengers are believed to have been spared serious injury after the buses they were on collided in the NSW Blue Mountains on Thursday afternoon.
Police said the accident happened at the intersection of State Mine Gully Road and Old Bells Line of Road at Newnes, about 10 kilometres north of Lithgow, around 4pm AEDT.
In a statement released to media a short time ago, police confirmed there were 68 people on board the buses at the time of the collision.
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Police said 50 of the 68 passengers are children. A NSW Ambulance spokesperson said the children ranged in age from six, through to 12.
Police said the passengers were from a school in St Marys and were on a school holiday excursion.
A major emergency response has been activated and a triage centre has been set up at the scene.
At this stage, three children and one woman have been taken to Lithgow Hospital for treatment.
Fortuantely, their injuries are only thought to be minor.
Police said the remaining children are also being taken to Lithgow Hospital where they’ll be checked as a precaution.
Officers from the Chifley Crash Investigation Unit are making their way to the scene to examine the circumstances surrounding the collision.
EARLIER: TWO buses carrying dozens of children have crashed in the NSW Blue Mountains.
The accident happened on State Mine Gully Road, just outside the township of Lithgow at around 4pm AEDT.
It’s understood one bus crashed into the back of the other on the narrow, winding road which travels through thick, rugged bushland.
Eleven ambulances were dispatched to the scene to treat the injured.
It remains unclear how many passengers, if any, have been injured.
No further information was available at the time of writing.