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One dead in Vic tourist bus crash

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A woman has died and six other people have been injured, one critically, when a tourist bus left Victoria’s Great Ocean Road and plunged down a ravine.

The bus, carrying Korean tourists, came to a stop in bush at the bottom of a 20-metre drop.

The woman, a passenger in her 30s, died at the crash site at Princetown.

Two survivors – the male bus driver in his 30s and a 16-year-old male passenger – were trapped in the wreck for almost an hour before being freed by emergency crews.

They were airlifted along with two other survivors, men in their 40s, to hospitals in Melbourne.

“They had multiple fractures,” Ambulance Victoria spokesman John Mullen told AAP.

“The 16-year-old male was in a critical condition, with head and chest injuries.”

The teenager and bus driver were airlifted to the Alfred Hospital.

The other two seriously injured men were airlifted to the Royal Melbourne Hospital.

The remaining occupants of the bus – two women aged 18 and about 20 – had minor cuts and abrasions. They were taken to Geelong hospital.

“As bad as it is with one person killed, it could have been a lot worse,” Mr Mullen said.

The Great Ocean Road, a popular tourist drive, was closed to traffic between Princetown and Gellibrand River roads after the accident, which happened about 1.40pm on Thursday.

The woman’s death takes Victoria’s road toll to 143, compared with 131 at the same time last year.