UPDATE: Boy, 6, stable after injured in Craignish crash

UPDATE 10AM: THE SIX-YEAR-OLD boy injured in a crash on Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd on Tuesday afternoon is in a stable condition.

The boy was airlifted to the Lady Cilento Hospital on Tuesday night with head, chest, pelvis and leg injuries after a crash with a car and school bus.

The boy was in the car.

His condition has been downgraded from critical to stable.

Police said initial information suggested the crash occurred about 4pm when a sedan travelling west on Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd was turning right into Petersen Rd.

The bus crashed into the passenger side of the vehicle.

A 28-year-old woman, believed to be the boy's mother, was taken to Hervey Bay Hospital with minor injuries.

The 59-year-old bus driver and his only passenger, a 10-year-old boy, were treated at the scene for minor injuries.

The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating.

EARLIER: A SIX-YEAR-OLD boy is fighting for his life after a crash between a car and a school bus at a notorious blackspot yesterday afternoon.

The crash occurred about 4pm at the horror intersection on Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd, less than a kilometre from where a man was killed in December.

Emergency crews worked for almost an hour to free the boy from the car's wreckage before he was rushed to hospital with head, chest, pelvis and leg injuries.

The female driver, believed to be the boy's mother, was also taken to Hervey Bay Hospital.

The boy was stabilised at Hervey Bay Hospital before being flown to Brisbane in a critical condition.

Neighbours, including Janina Barnes, hurried to the scene after a loud bang.

Mrs Barnes said she could hear a child screaming from three houses away.

She said when she arrived other neighbours were already helping the boy trapped in the car.

"I helped the bus driver, he looked like he was pretty shaken," she said.

Bus and car crash at the intersection of Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd and Petersens Rd. A young patient is placed in the ambulance. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle
Bus and car crash at the intersection of Pialba-Burrum Heads Rd and Petersens Rd. A young patient is placed in the ambulance. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle Alistair Brightman

The school bus was in the final stages of its run with only one child in it.

The bus passenger and driver were treated by paramedics for minor injuries.

Police redirected traffic around the crash scene while paramedics and firefighters worked.

A chopper landed on the roadside, but the six-year-old boy was transported by ambulance before the RACQ CareFlight arrived.

The crash is being investigated by police.

The stretch of road is notorious for crashes and the community, including Mrs Barnes who has lived on Petersen Rd for 21 years, has long been campaigning to have the speed limit reduced to 80kmh.

"There is no need for people to be hurt and killed on this corner," she said.

Mrs Barnes said crashes were so frequent she and her husband now knew the noise and could identify whether a car, truck or ute was involved.

Darryl Edwards, from nearby Glencoe Dr, agreed the stretch needed to be improved. "It should be 80kmh all the way through town."

In December, Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders called for a review of the road.



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