Emergency services rushed to the Western Highway at Pimpinio just after 2am today to reports of the violent crash and found the bus pinned to the truck.
Police are investigating the circumstances of the fatal crash, but officers believe the bus had nowhere to go after the truck’s trailers dislodged and blocked the highway in both directions.
The bus smashed into the truck, a B-double, not long after its trailers became dislodged and were strewn across the highway.
Despite the best efforts of paramedics, the bus driver died at the scene.
The bus was carrying about 60 passengers when it crashed, and more than 30 of them have been taken to Wimmera Health Care, in the nearby town of Horsham, for assessment.
Ambulance Victoria crews are on scene at a bus v truck accident in western Vic attending to multiple patients.
— Ambulance Victoria (@AmbulanceVic) July 10, 2019
Two crash victims were flown from the scene and taken to hospital in Melbourne, while six others were driven by paramedics to Horsham.
Detectives from the Major Collision Investigation Unit are attending the scene.