A woman is fighting for her life and dozens were injured after a horror bus crash near Harden on Friday morning.
Almost 30 people were on board the coach when it crashed at the Demondrille Creek bridge on the Burley Griffin Way, west of Harden-Murrumburrah, around 8.15am.
It is understood the group was travelling from Griffith to Sydney for a church camp on the hired bus when it came off the road.
Two people - a seven-year-old boy with a fractured leg and a 64-year-old woman with serious head injuries - were airlifted from the crash site to Canberra Hospital.
A teenage passenger, who did not wish to be named, was trying to sleep when the crash happened.
"I heard this sound like a crash and then I thought it would go back to normal, but it didn't," she said.
"Then we stopped at the bottom of the road and I got up to check on my baby sister, she was fine but everyone was screaming. I thought it was a dream first of all, then I needed to get out because I couldn't breathe in there.
"I was speechless when I saw the bus, after we got out some of the kids just prayed."
#UPDATE: 28 patients, 26 with minor injuries in a stable condition being transported to Harden Hospital for assessment. A 14-year-old male with varying fractures in a serious but stable and a 65 year old female in a critical condition with head injuries #NSWAmbulance#Hardenpic.twitter.com/6VWjLjl3eK— NSW Ambulance (@NSWAmbulance) September 26, 2019
The Harden-Murrumburrah Health Service was swamped with 24 patients from the crash, a spokesperson for the Murrumbidgee Local Health District confirmed. They ranged from three to 69 years old.
Three of the patients were later transported to Young Hospital.
"This was a 69-year-old female who was serious but in a stable condition and a 16-year-old female in a satisfactory and stable condition," she said.
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A 60-year-old man was also taken in a serious but stable condition.
A crime scene was established and officers from NSW Police's Major Crash Task force made their way to the crash site, where the bus driver was assisting investigators with their inquiries after the crash.
NSW Ambulance's Superintendent Mark Gibbs said it was a confronting scene for emergency services.
"Having to assess and triage a large number of patients like this is extremely challenging, paramedics had to work quickly under difficult circumstances," he said.
"Turning up to a job like this is really difficult, often you don't know what to expect, especially when children are involved."