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Updating the bus crash in Northcote, the children have been freed after the mini bus rolled after striking a car at the intersection of Kellett and Wilmoth streets. The boys were from St Paul's College in Kew, a specialist school that caters to children with learning disabilities and for children with complex medical needs.

 

We'll be back here tomorrow with more Melbourne Expresss.

 

An ambulance spokesperson told reporter Caroline Zielinski the two primary school children were trapped inside the minibus until MFB crews and paramedics got them out. They have since been treated by paramedics and taken to the Royal Children’s Hospital. The mini bus was carrying three adults and the two boys at the time of the crash.

The school bus that rolled in Northcote has been confirmed as belonging to St Paul's College in Kew. School spokesperson Rebecca Ryan tells us the principal is on the way to the scene and said the parents of the children involved have been alerted. Ms Ryan said she was unable to confirm more details at this stage but said it was her understanding that there were two school children on the bus when it rolled but as far as she knew they had not been injured. We'll have more shortly.

Updating the bus rollover that trapped children inside, in Kellett Street, Northcote - a Channel Nine helicopter pilot told radio station 3AW that at least one child was trapped inside the minibus, which had rolled. “Some rescue guys have just turned up, and one is cutting a windscreen as we speak,” he said. “There is definitely a paramedic in the van rolled over attending to at least one child still in there.”

At least one child is trapped and two children have been injured in a minibus and car collision in Northcote, reports Caroline Zielinski. Ambulance Victoria spokesman Paul Bentley said paramedics were called to Kellett Street, Northcote, about 8.30am after a car hit the mini bus. Mr Bentley said six people are currently being assessed - four from the minibus and two from the car. Two children have received minor injuries. We've heard from 3AW that the mini bus is from St Paul's College but we have yet to confirm that.

Emergency services at the scene of the mini bus rollover in Northcote, where several children have been trapped with two believed injured. More details shortly.

A number of children have been trapped in a a mini bus when it overturned in Kellett Street, Northcote earlier this morning. Two children are believed injured and a number of others are trapped inside.

A unique Melbourne Football Club jumper, as worn in the 1900 grand final by Austin ''Goosey’' Lewis, is the highlight of an auction of sporting memorabilia today. 

Melbourne Football Club team photo, 1900. A Demons jumper,  worn in the 1900 Grand Final by Austin '‘Goosey’' Lewis, is expected to fetch more than $10,000 at auction.

Melbourne Football Club team photo, 1900. A Demons jumper, worn in the 1900 Grand Final by Austin '‘Goosey’' Lewis, is expected to fetch more than $10,000 at auction. Photo: Melbourne Cricket Club.

Updating the headlines and students are preparing for a nationwide day of protests against the Budget, a US TV star has been arrested after allegedly shooting his wife dead, there's a surprising finding on post-natal depressionIn other headlines, an Australian woman has told how Rolf Harris sexually abused her when she was 15consumer confidence is plummeting in the wake of the Budget, the Balkan floods have now affected 1.6 million people and Mick Jagger has become a great-grandfather.

The jaffle (also known as a toastie, or a toasted sandwich whose edges have been miraculously sealed to prevent spillage of scalding hot contents) has returned. Here's 10 of Melbourne's best...

Dr Morse's corned beef with Swiss cheese and pickled red cabbage jaffle, with a side of cornichons. Click for more photos

Melbourne's best jaffles

Dr Morse's corned beef with Swiss cheese and pickled red cabbage jaffle, with a side of cornichons. Photo: Sofia Levin

  • Dr Morse's corned beef with Swiss cheese and pickled red cabbage jaffle, with a side of cornichons.
  • Dr Morse jaffle.
  • Tuck Shop Take Away's pulled pork jaffle.
  • Helter Skelter's dhal, spinach and banana chutney jaffle.
  • F.T. Tuckshop's cheeseburger jaffle.
  • Oscar Cooper's mac 'n' cheese with hot sauce.
  • Little Rose Cafe jaffle.
  • Little Rose Cafe's chilli beef jaffle with avocado and sour cream.
  • T-Roy Browns' sopressa salami, double smoked ham, dijonnaise and cheese jaffle on sourdough.
  • Ruby's sweet jaffle.
  • Grigons & Orr Corner Store's tinned Heinz spaghetti and tasty cheese jaffle.
  • Cafe Vue's duck egg and bacon jaffle.

There's been a three-car crash on the Eastern Freeway INBOUND near Chandler Highway, take care if you're passing through.

Delays at Flagstaff Station now for passengers trying to get out - with barriers not working inspectors are checking myki cards manually....

"A night of booing on an industrial scale." Greg Baum writes on the Essendon fans' boo-a-thon last week at Etihad. "They booed Dan Hannabery. They booed Adam Goodes. They booed the umpires. Some of them continued to boo umpire Troy Parnell when he was out cold, on a stretcher, being wheeled from the ground." 

Bomber fans.

Bomber fans. Photo: Pat Scala PDS

"It's a schemozzle." Public transport blogger Daniel Bowen chronicles a train commute home that went wrong ...again. And he gives some suggestions to Metro on how they could improve the service, starting with better management of driver training. It's a very micro post, but it's something many of us can relate to, have a read here...

"By Parliament the train is packed." Photo courtesy Daniel Bowen.

"By Parliament the train is packed." Photo courtesy Daniel Bowen.

Today's top world images, chosen by Age photo editor Simon O'Dwyer.

One of the reflecting pools is shown at the Ground Zero memorial site after authorities recently took down gates and opened the plaza to the public Click for more photos

Picture Editor's Choice, May 21, 2014

One of the reflecting pools is shown at the Ground Zero memorial site after authorities recently took down gates and opened the plaza to the public Photo: AFP

Tony Abbott has cancelled his visit to Deakin University in Geelong today but protesters are still out in force waiting for Premier Denis Napthine in Waurn Ponds...

Making headlines around the world, the Spiegel reports on the court ruling against Google; the Guardian leads with Aleppo’s most wanted man; the New York Times reports on a court overturning a ban on same-sex marriage; Singapore’s Straits Times leads with the declaration of martial law in Thailand; the Japan Times reports on a “psychopath” who sent violent threats from other people’s computers; and the Daily Mail leads with Prince Charles comparing Vladimir Putin to Hitler.

The Spiegel leads with the privacy decision against Google in Europe.

The Spiegel leads with the privacy decision against Google in Europe. Photo: Bloomberg

The week in football ... through the eyes of our photographers.

This is going to hurt. Demon Dean Terlich and Bulldog Tory Dickson come down to earth. Click for more photos

Age footy photos

This is going to hurt. Demon Dean Terlich and Bulldog Tory Dickson come down to earth. Photo: Joe Armao

The 8:53 from Lilydale to Flinders Street has been cancelled due to driver training... 

Metro's driver training continues ...

Metro's driver training continues ...

A partly cloudy and otherwise unremarkable day ahead - but if it hits 21 degrees today as forecast, it will be a record for the longest stretch of May days over 20 degrees.

There's a burst water main on High Street at Glen Iris Road in Glen Iris, with heavy traffic backing up to the train line. 

Cadel Evans still leads the Giro d'Italia, 57 seconds ahead of Rigoberto Uran.

Cadel Evans at the start of the 10th stage.

Cadel Evans at the start of the 10th stage. Photo: AFP

Still a good idea to AVOID High Street in Glen Iris - water works are running overtime.

A second man has died following a car crash in Dromana on the weekend when a car ran into into a garage on McCulloch Street. A third man remains in a stable condition at the Alfred Hospital.

The Melbourne Cricket Club is selling two houses it owns in Jolimont, both recognised by the National Trust. 

26 Jolimont Terrace, East Melbourne.

26 Jolimont Terrace, East Melbourne.

And another great shot of dawn breaking in Melbourne...

Watch out for a car stopped by police on the Eastern Freeway at the Springvale exit, blocking the lane...

Updating the headlines and a US TV star has been arrested after allegedly shooting his wife dead, there's a surprising finding on post-natal depressionIn other headlines, an Australian woman has told how Rolf Harris sexually abused her when she was 15consumer confidence is plummeting in the wake of the Budget, the Balkan floods have now affected 1.6 million people and Mick Jagger has become a great-grandfather.

You've got to move like great-grandpa ... Mick Jagger performs with the Rolling Stones during the British Summertime Hyde Park concert in London on July 13, 2013.

You've got to move like great-grandpa ... Mick Jagger performs with the Rolling Stones during the British Summertime Hyde Park concert in London on July 13, 2013. Photo: AFP

Phew. We've heard that the 7:42am service from Southern Cross to Swan Hill WILL have a buffet service after all. 

Tony Abbott has cancelled a visit to Deakin University in Geelong planned for today over concerns about student protests. Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was attacked at Sydney University on Friday and heckled later that day at an event at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Julie Bishop at University of Sydney

Julie Bishop at University of Sydney

Two more trains cancelled due to driver training: the 8:15am from Westall to Finders Street and the 8:08am from Glen Waverley to Flinders Street.

Metro's driver training continues ...

Metro's driver training continues ...

A lovely shot of a lovely morning in Melbourne, from Albert Park Lake, courtesy Felicity King on Instagram. Please share your photos with us using #MelbourneExpress on Instagram and Twitter...  

Photo courtesy Felicity King/Instagram

Photo courtesy Felicity King/Instagram

Heavier going than usual on the West Gate Freeway INBOUND after an earlier collision. Hopefully it will clear...

Time to quit that morning coffee? Louise Hickey had a daily habit of two large triple-shot flat whites before midday and another smaller one later in the afternoon - a litre of full-cream milk and up to eight shots of coffee per day, as well as $50 per week. She went cold turkey. "After a few weeks, I tried a large flat white, and regretted it. My heart rate quickened, my hands were shaky and I felt sick to my stomach. Now I’m drinking lots of herbal teas and have relegated coffee to an occasional treat." What's your daily coffee intake? Tweet us @theage

Pretty, but are they good for you?

Pretty, but are they good for you?

Today's horoscopes...

Serial super-chef Andrew McConnell has opened his French-inspired wine bar, Luxembourg, in the former Golden Fields site in St Kilda, just two weeks after he opened Supernormal in Flinders Lane. It’s a genuine wine bar where it’s fine to drop in for a glass or two, and there’s a happy “hour” from 5pm-7pm with, initially, half-price oysters. 

Gallic inspiration: Andrew McConnell and Chris Watson.

Gallic inspiration: Andrew McConnell and Chris Watson. Photo: Simon Schluter

Here's a photo of the burned-out car that paramedics pulled two men from overnight in Dandenong. 

Take care on Waverley Road at Mount View Road in Glen Waverley - emergency services are at the scene of a collision. 

Driver training winners and losers: the 7:55am from Flinders Street to Lilydale is a goner ... but the 8:02am from Flinders Street to Moorabbin will run after all. 

Drug dealers may have a reputation for flashy cars - but in Victoria they apparently prefer public transport. In one case, a train conductor monitored the movements of a man who travelled to Melbourne from a northern Victorian town three times a week to pick up drugs, while police in other parts of the state say dealers are carrying more than $10,000 worth of methamphetamine in their pockets. A conductor at a station in Victoria's north monitored the movements of one dealer for six months. He said alarm bells went off when he spotted wads of $100 notes in the pocket of a man who was paying for a discounted train ticket with a healthcare card.

Two people have been taken to hospital after suffering smoke inhalation from two separate fires overnight, reports Caroline Zielinski. A man woke up just after 4am to find his single storey house on Albert Street, Horsham, ablaze, believed to be started by a kettle that was left unattended on the stovetop. It took about 25 firefighters to control the blaze. Meanwhile, a shed in Frankston North went up in flames, also about 4am, after candles were left burning overnight. One of the two men inside was taken to hospital after suffering smoke inhalation.

We believe the delays on Duncans Road near the Princes Freeway on ramp in Werribee South are due to a two-car collision. A lane is blocked and VicRoads is advising to expect delays. 

A lane is blocked outbound on Duncans Road.

A lane is blocked outbound on Duncans Road.

Paramedics saved two men from a burning car last night in Dandenong. They arrived at Frankston Dandenong Road just after 9pm and helped one man out but the driver was unconscious. "The back seat of the car was on fire and flames were shooting from under the vehicle," paramedic Colin Kicker reports. "The man was suffering smoke inhalation and we gave him some oxygen and helped supplement his breathing with a bag mask."

In finance, local stocks are expected to open lower after gloomy forecasts for the US economy. The dollar is down slightly to 92.53 US cents. Iron is down, but gold and oil are both up marginally

A reminder to AVOID High Street in Glen Iris - waterworks are running overtime and are not expected to clear until 8am. Inbound lanes are blocked and all traffic is sharing the outbound lanes. 

Lauryn Hill, multi-Grammy-Award-winning artist, the only black female musician to feature on the cover of Time magazine, time-served convicted tax evader, partner of Bob Marley’s son Rohan and mother of six is playing at the Palais tonight and at Hamer Hall on Thursday. 

Lauryn Hill in 2005.

Lauryn Hill in 2005.

Bring your own breakfast if you're catching the 7:42am from Southern Cross to Swan Hill as there will be no buffet service today due to a staff member calling in sick. 

Two more driver training updates - bad news for the 7:25am from Flinders Street to South Morang, which has been cancelled; but good news for the 7:24am from Sandringham to Flinders Street, which will run after all. 

An update on the car chase now from reporter Caroline Zielinski who tells us a the 32-year-old driver was spotted driving erratically in Point Nepean Road, McCrae, about 9pm on Tuesday. When officers tried to stop her, she sped off down the Frankston Highway. Rosebud Highway Patrol members chased the woman for almost 53 kilometres before she was finally stopped at Thompson Road, Patterson Lakes.

Got a Vodafone phone (like me)? We're an endangered species - the company has lost over a million subscribers over the past 12 months and now has fewer than 5 million users. If you're one of us, are you happy with the service? Tweet us to @theage.

Vodafone: shedding customers.

Vodafone: shedding customers. Photo: Nic Walker

There’s a new place to eat in the CBD by the people who brought us the unexpectedly successful beer hall-meets-Thai restaurant Cookie. It’s called Magic Mountain Saloon, it also does Thai food (by executive chef Karen Batson), and it’s at 62 Little Collins Street, formerly Bridie O’Reilly’s.

Camillo Ippoliti's latest venture.

Camillo Ippoliti's latest venture. Photo: Simon Schluter

Police have arrested a 32-year-old woman on the Mornington Peninsula following a 40km-plus car chase. We'll have more details shortly.

AVOID High Street in Glen Iris - water works are running overtime and are not expected to clear until 8am. Inbound lanes are blocked and all traffic is sharing the outbound lanes. There's also a burst water main on Waverley Street in Moonee Ponds, via @JimmyTraffic

There's been an accident in Langwarrin on Skye Road with police blocking an outbound lane. 

More driver training updates: the 7:01am from Alamein to Flinders Street and the 7:07am from Glen Waverley to Flinders Street are CANCELLED but in happier news the 7:05am from Werribee to Flinders Street has been reinstated and will run today.

Police have arrested a man over the theft of the $80,000 high-performance Ford from a car dealership that we reported earlier this month. The car has yet to show up, however.

The missing car... still missing.

The missing car... still missing.

Students are rallying today against fee increases announced in the Federal Budget. They will meet outside the State Library on Swanston Street from 2pm. 

University students protest at a post-budget lunch in Brisbane, where Treasurer Joe Hockey was speaking.

University students protest at a post-budget lunch in Brisbane, where Treasurer Joe Hockey was speaking. Photo: Glenn Hunt

A US TV star has been arrested after allegedly shooting his wife dead, and a surprising finding on post-natal depression this morning. In other headlines, an Australian woman has told how Rolf Harris sexually abused her when she was 15, consumer confidence is plummeting in the wake of the Budget, and the Balkan floods have now affected 1.6 million people.

Rolf Harris: a woman told a court that she saw his "dark side".

Rolf Harris: a woman told a court that she saw his "dark side". Photo: Reuters

“You don't go to a seafood restaurant and ask for a hamburger.” The case AGAINST soy lattes, by coffee expert Matt Holden

How much caffeine in your morning coffee?

How much caffeine in your morning coffee?

If it hits 21 degrees today as forecast, it will be a new record for the longest stretch of May days over 20 degrees. It will be partly cloudy.

There's a breakdown on the Monash outbound just after High Street - take care. 

Driver training updates: the 6:46am from Greensborough to Flinders Street is CANCELLED. But the 6:22am from Flinders Street to Werribee and the 6:50am from Flinders Street to Sandringham have been reinstated...

Good morning and happy hump day. We're back with Melbourne Express until 9am with info for your commute, news headlines, what's on around town and weather. Please let us know about any transport dramas by emailing me - Angus - at aholland@theage.com.au or tweet us to aholland@theage.com.au - cheers.

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