NINE people have been hospitalised, including two who were taken by rescue helicopter, following a serious crash north of Bowen this morning.
Emergency services were called to the Bruce Highway at Gumlu around 6.45am following reports of a truck and minibus smash.
It’s understood both vehicles were travelling south on the Highway when the minibus began to turn right into Tondara Road and was struck by the truck.
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Two people who were travelling in the minibus were airlifted to Townsville Hospital in a critical condition.
The driver and six other passengers were taken to hospitals in Townsville with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police say it’s believed the minibus passengers are international travellers, mostly aged in their 20s, who were on their way to work.
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Miraculously, the truck driver managed to escape uninjured.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.