Car crash into group of students 'could have been a lot worse' principal says

A mangled Nissan is removed from where it crashed into a group of school students near Westlake Girls, leaving five ...
Felicity Reid

A mangled Nissan is removed from where it crashed into a group of school students near Westlake Girls, leaving five injured, one critically.

Two victims remain in hospital following a horrific crash where a car ploughed into a group of students outside Westlake Girls High School on Auckland's North Shore.

The three other victims involved have been treated for their injuries and discharged from hospital.

Around 8.30am on September 20, a blue Nissan Skyline lost control 50 metres before a bus stop on Wairau Rd where dozens of school children had gathered before school.

After jumping the kerb, the car ploughed into a fence outside the North Shore school.

Westlake Boys High School's principal David Ferguson said in a newsletter on September 22 that all students were "improving" and are being "well looked after".

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"What happened was very serious and it could have been a lot worse," he added.

Westlake Girls High School principal Jane Stanley said all students and staff were being provided with counselling support after the accident.

In an earlier statement, Westlake Girls' High School said three students were injured and taken to hospital. Another student was receiving treatment for minor injuries. One of the victims was a student from Westlake Boys' High School, who was also admitted to hospital.

The driver of the car had remained on the scene and spoke to police, they confirmed.

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Police said they cannot press any charges, until their investigation is complete.

 - Stuff

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