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AIME attendees hospitalised in bus accident

Around 15 hosted buyers and expo staff injured after bus crashes into low hanging bridge in Melbourne

Pictured: AIME takes place this week in Melbourne

Around 15 hosted buyers and Asia Pacific Incentives and Meetings Expo (AIME) staff were hospitalised when a bus they were travelling in hit a bridge in Melbourne.

The passengers had to be freed by emergency services personnel, after the bus driver attempted to drive under a low hanging bridge at about 10am Monday local time.

It is understood the bus’s roof was torn off, with the bus driver receiving the most serious injuries. The group was on their way to a pre-AIME familiarisation trip at St Kilda before the expo begins on Tuesday.

Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) CEO Karen Bolinger broke the news to other AIME attendees at the Tourism Australia and Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre lunch soon afterwards.

“We had an incident this morning with a showcase tour … a bus struck a low bridge on Montague Street,” she told the guests.

“At this time our concern is really with the safety and wellbeing of the hosted buyers and staff on the bus. The injuries at this point that we’re aware of are cuts and bruises. All have been taken to hospital seeking further medical investigations.

“We are led to believe some have been released back and are going back to their hotels. All were rescued off the bus within an hour’s time so it was a pretty quick rescue. We’d like to thank our emergency services who responded very quickly.”

MCB said it is offering counselling to those in the bus, along with anyone else attending AIME who would like it.

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