A BUS driver is fighting to stay alive in hospital following a horror head-on crash with a truck in the Gold Coast hinterland.
The accident happened along Waterford-Tamborine Road at Tamborine around 9.15am on Thursday.
Police said the school bus was travelling inbound, returning to its depot after the morning drop-off, when it collided head-on with a large truck on a winding bend.
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The 62-year-old bus driver was trapped in the wreckage for some time.
He had to be cut free from the mangled mess before he could be rushed to hospital where he remains in a critical condition with serious head, pelvic and leg injuries.
Police said two other people on the bus, a passenger and a co-driver, escaped serious injury, as did the 64-year-old truck driver.
First responders likened the scene of the crash to an explosion.
“There is pieces of vehicle strewn across the road for a fair distance. The actual side of the truck is torn away from the trailer,” police said.
“Half the front of the bus is pretty much gone and then the trailer has continued on down the side of the bus taking out the complete side of the bus.”
The road was closed for several hours while the Forensic Crash Unit examined the scene. It has since reopened.
Police are appealing for anyone who may have witnessed the collision to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
— 7 News Queensland (@7NewsQueensland) November 17, 2016