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Dozens injured as buses and cars collide during peak hour: 'Panic and fear'

Two women have been seriously injured and more than 12, including a child, were hospitalised after a major crash in Sydney's southwest on Wednesday.

A Sydney bus driver and a woman are fighting for life and a dozen more have been hospitalised after a major crash in the city's southwest on Wednesday afternoon involving multiple vehicles during the peak afternoon rush.

Two buses and three cars were involved in the collision at Campsie at 4.20pm, with the driver of the first bus, a woman aged 63, suffering serious spinal injures. It took firefighters an hour to free her from the badly wrecked front of the vehicle, with vision showing it completely smashed up during the ordeal. Responders were forced to pry open the shattered windscreen to extricate her.

The driver is now being treated at St George Hospital in Kogarah. One of her passengers, a woman aged in her 50s, was also critically injured during the collision and suffered serious spinal injures. She remains under care in hospital.

The first bus was completely smashed up during the Campsie crash.
A bus driver and her passenger are clinging to life in hospital following a serious collision in the Sydneys southwest yesterday afternoon. Source: 7News
The first bus was completely smashed up during the Campsie crash.
The driver of the second bus, a man in his 60s, suffered minor injuries. Source: 9News

A dozen injured, including child

The second bus driver, a man aged 63, sustained minor injuries and was taken to Concord Hospital in a stable condition. NSW Police say one bus collided into the rear of the other, which then caused it to crash into three parked cars, but at this stage it remains unclear what caused the incident.

It is understood both buses were heading westbound when one of them hit the bus in front, causing it to crash into three parked cars. Picture: NCA NewsWire/ Jonathan Ng
It is understood both buses were heading westbound when one of them hit the bus in front, causing it to crash into three parked cars. Picture: NCA NewsWire/ Jonathan Ng
The second bus was also badly damaged during the crash at Campsie in Sydney.
Two busses and three cars were involved in the accident. Source: 7News

A total of 25 passengers were treated at the scene by paramedics and 12 — including a child — were transported to hospitals across the city, including Bankstown, Concord and Royal Prince Alfred. Their conditions are all stable.

'A lot of panic and fear', ambulance inspector says

There were almost 20 ambulances on the scene and dozens of paramedics— a significant number, according to NSW Ambulance Acting Inspector Andrew Bibby. "There was a lot of panic and a lot of fear when we arrived... the collision was, quite impactful," he told Seven News.

"NSW Ambulance responded 25 resources to the scene which is a very significant number of resources."

Dozens were treated at Campsie after the crash in the city's southwest.
A dozen people were transported to hospitals across the city, of a total of 25 treated by paramedics at the scene. Source: 7News

NSW Ambulance said there was no evidence of a medical episode but it was not being ruled out. Meanwhile police investigations continue, with anyone in the possession of dashcam footage urged to come forward or contact Crime Stoppers.

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