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Shaken students returning to normal

Emergency teams attempt to stabilise the trapped female student driver.
Emergency teams attempt to stabilise the trapped female student driver. Samantha Wantling

ASSUMPTION College principal Peter Moloney said most of the students travelling in the bus involved in the New England Highway crash on Wednesday returned to school yesterday, focused on returning to normality.

"We are just trying to keep our routines going and provide support to those who need it," Mr Moloney said.

"Obviously our priority at this time is taking care of our students.

"Some of the students are still upset about what happened and we have a counsellor here to speak to anybody who wishes to do so."

Mr Moloney said although it was still early days, the teachers present during the crash were also doing well and he had heard great things about how they handled the stressful situation.

Two bus loads of Warwick State High School students were travelling behind the vehicles involved in the collision and witnessed the aftermath.

Teachers from both high schools left the buses to render first aid until emergency services arrived on the scene.

Department of Education and Training regional director Greg Dickman said Warwick High students and staff had also been offered counselling following the crash.

"Three guidance officers and a student services team will continue to offer support to students who witnessed the accident scene, others at school and the families of those injured," Mr Dickman said.

"The school community extends its thoughts and prayers to those affected for a speedy recovery."

Topics:  accident, new england highway


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