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Ballarat school warns of fake crowdfunding campaign after horror bus crash kills 27 teenagers

Loreto College has warned of an “unconfirmed” crowdfunding campaign set up to support students and adults affected by a bus crash this week.

Key Points:

  • Ballarat College warns of ‘unverified’ crowdfunding campaign that has since disappeared from website
  • A horror crash on the Western Freeway left eight people in hospital on Wednesday
  • NASA Space Camp CEO is offering full refunds to students

Taking to social media, Ballarat College wrote that the fundraiser appeared to have used the school’s logo without permission and “warns against these sites”.

The campaign has since disappeared from the crowdsource website.

In the early hours of Wednesday morning, 27 college students and four adult staff were on their way to Tullamarine Airport on a school trip when they were involved in a collision with a lorry on the Western Freeway at Bacchus Marsh.

Eight of the 32 people injured in the collision are in hospital and all are in a stable condition.

All students and staff under observation at Ballarat Base Hospital have now been released.

Three people are in a stable condition at the Royal Children’s Hospital, including a teenage girl who suffered lower body injuries.

The bus was forced through the guardrail and fell 50 meters from the embankment. (ABC News)

Three others are also in a stable condition at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. They include a woman in her forties with upper body injuries, a man in her fifties and a teenage girl with upper body injuries.

A teenage girl and a woman with upper body injuries are in the Sun Hospital, another teenager was released from the hospital last night.

Space Camp offers refunds after horrific accident

The trip was supposed to be the start of an exciting trip postponed by the pandemic, where 27 Loreto students had enrolled in a NASA-run space camp at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.

Dr. Kimberly Robinson, CEO of the US Space and Rocket Center, said they were “very distressed and saddened” to learn of the horrific bus crash.

“We refunded the girls’ families through the tour operator,” Dr Robinson said.

“We run space camp throughout the year and look forward to the Loreto College girls attending when they are able to come back.”

The condition of the truck driver is stable, according to the police, the cab of the truck was almost completely destroyed. (ABC News)

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