Two dead, two critically injured in mini-bus rollover near Mildura


Two people have died and nine others are injured after a mini-bus rolled over and crashed into a tree near Mildura.

Police say the passengers were migrant workers employed at nearby farms.(ABC News; Photograph supplied: Network 10)

Victoria Police said the bus was travelling south along the Calder Highway on Tuesday morning when it crashed at Carwarp – a tiny town about 36 kilometres south of Mildura.

“Sadly, two passengers died at the scene,” police said in a statement.

Sergeant Mark McDonald of the Mildura Highway Patrol Unit said some of the farm workers were Samoans, and all were employed on nearby properties.

“We believe it [the minibus] was attempting to overtake another vehicle and lost control and collided with a tree,” he said. 

Another passenger suffered critical injuries and was airlifted to The Alfred hospital in Melbourne, arriving shortly before midday.

Ambulance Victoria said paramedics responded about 7.45am, taking eight people to the Mildura Base Hospital.

The male driver of the bus and three passengers suffered serious injuries. Four other passengers were taken to hospital for observation.

Two people have died and nine others have been injured after a mini-bus rollover in Victoria’s north-west.

“The circumstances surrounding the collision are yet to be established and the investigation remains ongoing,” police said.

The Calder Highway between Kulkyn Way and Brownport Road is expected to be closed for several hours.

Sergeant Mark McDonald from the Mildura Highway Patrol Unit will address the media at 12.30pm.

With additional reporting by Kaniva News

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