Grammar student killed in collision

A FAMILY is mourning and Gippsland Grammar students and staff are in shock following the death of a year seven student in a collision involving a bus, car, and truck on Wednesday.

The 12-year-old boy was killed and five children and four adults injured as a result of the collision at Sarsfield between Bairnsdale and Bruthen on the Great Alpine Rd.

Police have been told a sedan travelling on the Great Alpine Rd has turned in front of a truck about 4.45pm and it appeared the truck had then swerved and subsequently collided with the school bus.

The male drivers of the bus, truck and car were also all injured and conveyed to hospital.

The Great Alpine Rd was closed for most of the night.

A spokesman for the rural ambulance service said the surviving children were treated at the scene and didn’t have serious injuries.

‘‘It involved a truck, car and bus with one deceased, five children also being treated,’’ he said.

The spokesman said a truck driver and car driver, both males, suffered serious injuries, and the bus driver was trapped.

A helicopter air ambulance took several of the injured to Melbourne after they had been assessed at Bairnsdale hospital.

A passenger in the truck was taken to Bairnsdale hospital.

Police are investigating the collision and are keen to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident.

Anyone who witnessed the collision or who has more information is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit www.crimestoppers.com.au