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School bus driver dies in crash between Rockhampton and Emu Park after hitting camels


School bus driver dies after colliding with two camels

  • School bus driver dies in accident
  • Motorist saw vehicle on verge

A school bus driver has died after hitting two camels in central Queensland.

The driver drove along Emu Park Road in Nankin, near Rockhampton, at 5:15 a.m. Monday.

The vehicle then hit two camels before plunging off an embankment with the force of the impact killing the driver.

Capricorn Crime Group Detective Acting Inspector Luke Peachey said an investigation into the matter has been launched.

“It currently appears that a bus collided with two camels, killing the bus driver,” he said.

“That’s part of our investigation now, we have a crash forensic unit there that will investigate and, as you can imagine, that’s not going to be a quick process.

“Our thoughts go out to that bus driver’s family and friends.”

Camel racer and breeder John Richardson said his camels had been hit and shared his condolences with the bus driver’s family.

I’m just devastated,” he said. “It’s just shocking.”

A spokesman for the Queensland Ambulance Service said a nearby motorist had passed the crash site before calling emergency services.

The spokesman said it was unclear how long the bus had been trapped in the embankment before it was discovered.

Emu Park Road near Thompson Point Road was closed in both directions as police combed the crime scene.

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