Ballarat school warns of fake crowdfunding campaign in wake of ‘horror’ bus crash filled with 27 teenagers

Loreto College has warned of an “unaproved” crowdfunding campaign created to “support” the students and adults affected by a bus crash this week.

Taking to social media, the Ballarat College wrote the fundraiser appeared to be using the school’s logo without permission and “cautions against these sites”.

The campaign has since disappeared from the crowdsource website.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, 27 students and four adult staff members from the college were on their way to Tullamarine Airport for a school trip when a collision occurred with a truck on the Western Freeway in Bacchus Marsh.

Eight of the 32 people who sustained injuries in the collision remain in hospital, all in a stable condition.

All students and staff who were being monitored at the Ballarat Base Hospital have now been released.

Three people remain stable at the Royal Children’s Hospital, including a teenage girl who sustained lower body injuries.

A bus lying on its side at the bottom of a hill with debris strewn for meters.
The bus was forced through a guardrail and plunged 50 meters down an embankment.(ABC News)

Another three are also in a stable condition at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. This includes a woman in her forties with upper body injuries, a man in his fifties, and a teenage girl with upper body injuries.

A teenage girl and a woman with upper body injuries are in the Sunshine Hospital, another teenager was released from the hospital yesterday evening.

Space camp offers refunds after ‘terrible’ accident

The journey was supposed to be the start of an exciting trip, delayed by the pandemic, with the 27 Loreto students signed on to go to the Marshall Space Flight Center, in Alabama, for a NASA-run space camp.

The Chief Executive Officer of the US Space and Rocket Center, Dr Kimberly Robinson, said they were “very distressed and saddened to learn of the terrible bus accident”.

“We did provide the families of the girls a refund through the organizer of the trip,” Dr Robinson said.

“We hold Space Camp year-round and we look forward to having the girls from Loreto College attend when they are able to return.”

the crushed cabin of a truck with a policeman standing nearby.
The truck driver remains in a stable condition, police say the cabin of the truck was almost completely destroyed. (ABC News)


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