The rescue helicopter landed on the roadway a short distance from the crash (Photo: RACQ LifeFlight)

February 29, 2024

A 42-year-old woman was airlifted to Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in a critical condition after a collision involving a car and a school bus in the Somerset region on Thursday morning.

Emergency services were called to the incident, on Esk-Crows Nest Road near Tuites Lane at Biarra, just after 8:00am.

A police spokesperson said a sedan being driven by the woman was pulling out of a driveway when the crash occurred.

She was trapped inside the wreckage and had to be cut free by QFES crews.

The Toowoomba-based RACQ LifeFlight rescue helicopter was despatched to the scene at 8:30am.

It managed to land close to the incident after the road was closed by police.

The woman was treated by QAS paramedics and the LifeFlight critical care doctor before being transferred to the waiting helicopter.

A QAS spokesperson said she had suffered severe head and leg injuries.

The 61-year-old male bus driver was taken by ambulance to Esk Hospital with minor injuries.

Two other people on board, believed to be aged in their teens, were not injured.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

The critically injured woman is transferred to the waiting helicopter (Photo: RACQ LifeFlight)



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