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Tourists hurt as outback stagecoach plunges off bridge

July 8, 2014 Destination Global, Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Twelve tourists, including children, were taken to hospital after a stagecoach plunged off a bridge on the outskirts of Longreach in outback Queensland yesterday.

Police told ABC News that four horses pulling the tourist coach were spooked, perhaps by a gust of wind, sending the coach over the side of a bridge into a dry creek bed, a drop of about three metres, in the late morning.

The broadcaster quoted head of the Central West Hospital and Health Service, Dr David Rimmer, as saying 12 tourists and both stagecoach drivers were injured and taken to hospital for assessment.Stagecoach crashes off bridge at Longreach

Several people suffered broken bones, Rimmer said. Although none of the injuries were life-threatening, some required surgery and victims would be flown to coastal hospitals.

Brisbane’s Courier-Mail reported the coach was being used as part of the Kinnon & Co tourist experience when the accident occurred. Kinnon & Co offers a 45-minute stagecoach ride as part of a “Gallop Thru the Scrub” experience, though it’s not known whether this was involved in the crash.

Inspector Mark Henderson told the ABC it was “one of those accidents where animals have a mind of their own and they just can’t be controlled”.

He said the stagecoach had been running in Longreach (birthplace of Qantas, incidentally) “for many, many, many years” without any such accident before.

Now the good news: the horses were reportedly uninjured and the tourists received a full refund.

Investigations continue.

Written by Peter Needham

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