One student still in hospital after double-decker bus crash

Ritchies are reviewing the incident that put three people in hospital.

Ritchies are reviewing the incident that put three people in hospital.

A double double-decker bus crash with 140 school children as passengers was caused when the front vehicle was cut off, the principal says.

Glen Eden Intermediate School principal Maree Stavert said an injured girl remained in hospital on the morning of May 16, waiting on scans.

A young boy and a teacher were now discharged and cleared of major injuries.

The accident happened on the Great North Rd off-ramp of Auckland's Northwestern Motorway on May 15, shortly after 4pm.

Stavert said the buses, carrying four classes of year 7 students – about 140 kids – collided after a car cut off the front bus, which slammed on its brakes and was rear-ended by the other bus.

The car did not stop, she said.

"A traumatic incidents team from the Ministry of Education will be out this morning [May 16] to speak with the students and staff involved, and act as a support base for them." 

Ritchies general manager Andrew Ritchie said there was only minor damage to buses, but the company would review the incident – including checking the vehicles and doing drug tests.

A St John Ambulance spokeswoman said seven patients were assessed at the scene with three taken to hospital with moderate injuries.

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