Australia

Bus with 45 on board crashes, driver dead

A bus carrying 60 people has crashed into two truck trailers that came unhinged from a B-double in Victoria, killing the driver and injuring eight passengers.

A coach driver has died and at least eight people are injured after a bus carrying 60 passengers crashed into the dislodged trailers of a B-double truck on the Western Highway in Victoria.

Police believe the truck was travelling in front of the bus when its trailers dislodged and blocked the highway in both directions, causing the crash and trapping the driver, who died.

The accident happened near Pimpinio about 2am on Thursday, with at least eight people injured, Ambulance Victoria said.

Paramedics are treating the eight victims for various injuries, and two will be flown by air ambulance plane to Melbourne.

The other six are to be taken by road to Wimmera Health Care in Horsham.

More than 30 other people from the bus will also be taken to Wimmera Health Care for assessment.

The highway is closed in both directions as a result of the crash, with diversions in place and detectives at the scene.

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