School at the centre of horror bus smash issues an urgent warning to Good Samaritans
- Loreto College, Ballarat have warned of an ‘unapproved’ fundraiser in their name
- The school community was rocked by a horrific bus crash involving 27 students
- The schoolbus slid down an embankment after it was hit by a truck in Victoria
- Eight of the staff and students on board remain in hospital after the smash
A school left rocked by a horror bus crash has warned members of the community against donating to ‘unapproved’ fundraising pages that claim to raise money for victims and their families.
Some 27 schoolgirls, a bus driver and four adult teaching staff were all taken to hospital on Wednesday when a truck collided with their bus in Melbourne‘s north-west.
Their school, Loreto College, Ballarat, took to social media on Friday to warn residents that a GoFundMe page had used their school logo without permission.
‘Loreto College has been made aware that a Go Fund Me page has been set up using the College logo. Loreto College has NOT APPROVED any Go Fund Me accounts and cautions against these sites,’ a school statement said.
The campaign is no longer available on the website. A GoFundMe spokeswoman confirmed it had been removed.
‘Our Trust & Safety team is currently working with the organiser and are continuing to follow-up with support,’ the spokeswoman said.
Loreto College took to social media to warn donors that a fundraising page created with their name and logo was not approved by the school (pictured)
A devastating collision between a school bus with 27 students on board and a truck has seen two seriously injured and rushed to hospital (pictured, the smashed bus at the bottom of a highway embankment with students’ luggage littered about it)
‘It’s not uncommon for a resident or a member of the community to start a fundraiser on behalf of another individual or families. All donations raised by (the fundraiser) are being safely held while our Trust & Safety Team works to ensure the funds are transferred directly to the families.’
In the early hours of Wednesday morning, parents put their daughters on a bus bound for Melbourne airport for a school excursion to NASA ‘space camp’.
Less than an hour later, parents learned their children had been knocked off the highway by a B-double truck and rescue teams were pulling them out from the wreckage.
Victoria Police Detective Inspector Roger Schranz said emergency services were in the process of clearing a separate truck crash from the highway when the truck and bus collided.
The truck and school bus collided about 3.15am on Wednesday, causing the bus to roll 50m down a hill and serious injuries to the truck driver and one teenage student (pictured, the front of the truck following the crash)
Eight of the the 31 students and teachers are still in hospital following the crash.
The school has thanked the Ballarat community for the amount of support they received in the wake of the accident on Thursday.
‘Whilst our thoughts and prayers remain with all involved in the traumatic events that have taken place, we wish to thank the many members of the Loreto community, and the Ballarat community and beyond, who have reached out to offer their support,’ the school wrote.
‘The College and our students, staff and dfamilies have been overwhelmed and heartened by your kind words and actions of support.’