A large number of people are being treated amid a gas leak
which has shut down three suburbs in northern Brisbane.
The Department of Community Safety (DCS) says emergency
services were called to a school in Banyo after reports of
the smell of gas in area about 9.15am (local time) today.
Multiple ambulance crews are treating large numbers of
patients at the scene for nausea and coughing, including
students and teachers from the school, but the DCS can't
confirm how many people are affected.
"The situation is rapidly changing. We are assessing a large
number of patients," a DCS spokeswoman told AAP.
Police said residents and businesses in the suburbs of Banyo,
Bracken Ridge and Deagon were being urged to stay indoors,
and authorities were trying to work out the source of the gas
Paramedics treated 60 students from Earnshaw State College
and one student from Sandgate District State High School for
varying symptoms, including nausea and coughing, the
Department of Community Safety said.
Four students were transported to Prince Charles Hospital.
Education Queensland said students were safe to remain at
school and parents should contact their child's school for