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BREAKING | One Critical After Bus Slams Into Building In Cairns

UPDATE | The driver of the minibus, that crashed into a building in Westcourt on Thursday, is fighting for life.  

The man, believed to be aged in his 70's, was taken to Cairns Hospital earlier.

WIN News is reporting the driver suffered a cardiac arrest whilst driving along Mulgrave Road. 

The Queensland Ambulance Service was unable to confirm that but did say that two people on board the bus were treated for shock at the scene.  

But Senior Operations Supervisor Manjeet Singh said they were initially concerned they might be dealing with an accident involving a bus load of people, that is, a multi casualty incident.  

The other thing they thought they might be dealing with, was the driver suffering some sort of medical episode.  

CPR was performed on the driver immediately following the accident after he suffered a cardiac arrest.

Mr Singh said Paramedics worked on the driver for 30 minutes at the scene before he was taken to Hospital.  

EARLIER | Emergency crews have been called to Westcourt, where a bus has slammed into a building, leaving one person with critical injuries. 

The accident happened at the intersection of Mulgrave Road and Collinson Street at 8.58AM on Thursday.  

Police said a minibus driver appears to have lost control and hit the building.  

One patient is fighting for life.  Two others were being checked by Paramedics.  

One person has now been taken to Cairns Hospital in a critical condition.  

It is believed the accident happened near Road Tech Marine Cairns, but staff there weren't willing to comment.  

A staff member from Mama Coco, located on Mulgrave Road, said they heard sirens and knew something was happening.