March 27, 2024

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A distressing event unfolded as a tourist bus veered off the road and into a creek near Banyan Creek Bridge in Birkalla, leading to an extensive emergency response and subsequent hospitalization of several passengers.

Incident Details
The accident occurred in the late afternoon when the bus, traveling on Tully Mission Beach Road, crashed into a guard rail and tumbled down an embankment. Emergency services quickly arrived at the scene to assist the passengers and assess the situation.

Passenger Assessment and Hospitalization
Out of the passengers on board, fifteen were assessed by Queensland Ambulance paramedics. Multiple individuals required hospitalization, with some being airlifted to Cairns and Townsville hospitals due to the severity of their injuries.

Investigation and Appeal for Information
Authorities have initiated an investigation to determine the crash’s cause and are appealing to the public for any additional information, particularly from individuals with dashcam footage or who witnessed the incident.

Community Impact and Road Safety Reminder
This incident serves as a stark reminder of the importance of road safety, particularly for larger vehicles like tourist buses. The community’s thoughts are with the injured passengers, hoping for their speedy recovery.

As investigations continue, the focus remains on understanding the crash’s dynamics to prevent future incidents and ensuring the well-being of those affected. This accident underscores the need for continuous vigilance and adherence to safety protocols by all road users.