School bus crashes into ditch, injuring 8
Student airlifted to hospital with broken armBELINDA FEEK
LATEST: A school bus travelling from Whanganui crashed into a ditch near Taumarunui injuring eight people on board.
Police this afternoon confirmed the bus - with 45 on board - was travelling north on State Highway 4, about 9kms south of Taumarunui, when it crashed just before 12.30pm.
One student suffered a moderate injury and was airlifted to Waikato hospital by the Taupo rescue helicopter, while four other students and two teachers were taken to Taumarunui hospital for treatment.
The students are aged in their teens and from three different schools including Whanganui Collegiate and Whanganui Girls College were on their way to the Nga Manu Korero 2013 National Secondary Schools Speech Contest, in Hamilton.
The remaining passengers were bussed to Taumarunui Cosmopolitan Club.
The police investigation is ongoing and the Serious Crash Unit and the Commercial Vehicle Investigation Unit are working together to determine what has happened.
The three schools have now informed the families of the students and teachers involved in the crash.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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