A bus carrying 27 female students from Loreto College Ballarat, en route to the airport for a school trip to NASA space camp at Kennedy Space Center, crashed into a truck and overturned.
A teenage girl was seriously injured after the bus left the freeway near Melbourne, Florida.
The horrific incident happened in the early morning hours of Wednesday, September 21 at 3:15 a.m. in Bacchus Marsh, just outside the state capitol.
Only one girl and the truck driver were reportedly injured in the collision, with the teenager in serious but stable condition.
She was airlifted to the Royal Children’s Hospital.
The other 26 schoolgirls, four adults and the bus driver were taken to hospital for observation.
Photos from the scene show the student’s luggage strewn around the area.
The school trip itinerary was six nights at NASA space camp, lunch with an astronaut, two nights in Washington, which included a tour of the US Capitol building and an airboat tour of the Florida Everglades.
A spokeswoman for Loreto College Ballarat told Daily Mail Australia: ‘There are meetings going on by the minute with just the fallout of everything. Everyone is fine. We have had injuries but there is no has no deaths.”
Victoria Police released a statement on their official website, which read: “Police are investigating a collision between a lorry and a school bus in Bacchus Marsh early this morning.
“The collision happened on the Western Freeway near the intersection of Condons Lane, causing the bus to fall down an embankment at around 3.15am. A teenage girl will be airlifted to hospital with serious injuries The driver of the truck will be transported to the hospital by road with serious injuries.
“Western Highway lanes to Melbourne are expected to remain closed for several hours and motorists are urged to take an alternative route. Any affected parents seeking information about their children are asked not to drive to the scene. and call the Ballarat Police Station instead.”