Dungarees cadets will 'keep marching' after crash
UPDATE: Like the soldiers they were honouring, the March of the Dungarees 2015 cadets didn't have an easy path after a five-vehicle crash in Helidon this morning.
Three buses transporting the cadets had pulled off Gatton-Helidon Rd while travelling towards Gatton when a truck struck the sides of the vehicle after hitting a Holden Barina about 7.25am.
March of the Dungarees 2015 Major Scott Leonard said eight cadets were injured and taken to hospital with march organisers working quickly to notify parents of the crash.
"Thankfully all the cadets were on the buses and had the seatbelts on and were about to move back onto the road," Maj. Leonard said.
"We were as best prepared as we could be."
"Unfortunately we had just conducted a handover so all of our 132 cadets were in or around the scene of the crash."
Maj. Leonard said the cadets were assessed for shock and injuries after the crash scene was cleared.
The march's arrival in Gatton for a lunch parade marked the official half-way mark on the march which started in Warwick last weekend.
"We'll keep marching," Maj. Leonard said.
"We had very good support from the police to set up the march and make it as safe as we possibly can, and I guess today's incident proves that those systems were in place and they worked."
9.30AM: Eight cadets taking part in the March of the Dungarees commemorations were seriously injured after their buses were involved in a crash with a truck in the Lockyer Valley.
The cadets were on their way to Gatton for the next instalment of the commemorations when they were involved in the crash on the Flagstone Ck Rd at Helidon.
Three buses carrying 60 cadets were involved in a collision with a truck and a small blue sedan.
Early indications are that the truck sideswiped the buses.
Traffic is currently blocked about 2km past the Flagstone Creek Rd turnoff.
QAS senior operations supervisor Stephen Johns said 12 patients were being treated.
A number of patients have been sent to Toowoomba Hospital, Ipswich Hospital and Gatton Hospital, he said.
"Patients are suffering from various injuries from neck pain to minor injuries."
Mr Johns said it could have been a lot worse.
"Thankfully it's not as bad as it looks."
The intersection is currently blocked as emergency services work to clear the incident.
Significant traffic delays are being experienced and police are urging members of the public to remain patient and delay travel if possible.
8.09AM: Two buses, a truck and two cars were involved in a crash in Helidon this morning.
A Queensland Ambulance Service spokesman said 10 people were injured in the incident which occurred at about 7.14am.
"Eight patients showed no immediate injuries, two had minor injuries and three patients were transported in a stable condition to Toowoomba Hospital," the spokesman said.
The crash occurred on the intersection of Gatton-Helidon Rd and Flagstone Creek Rd.
7AM: Nine people have been injured in a crash in Helidon.
The multi-vehicle crash took place on the intersection of Gatton-Helidon Rd and Flagstone Creek Rd about 7.15 this morning.
Helidon Police have been advised and are responding.
The Queensland Ambulance Service is also attending.
The incident has been described as a "huge traffic hazard".
The road is completely blocked.
Motorists are urged to avoid the area if possible and take extra care.