Two people remain in hospital following a school bus crash on
the East Coast yesterday.
Twelve teenagers and three others were injured when the bus
crashed into a ditch on Whareata Rd, State Highway 2, south
of Gisborne, about 3.30pm.
The bus, which had up to 40 people on board, was carrying
schoolgirls from Turakina Maori Girls' College in Marton on
their way to a kapa haka competition.
A St John Ambulance spokesman said no one was trapped in the
crash, but 15 people were taken to Gisborne Hospital with
minor to moderate injuries.
Tairawhiti District Health Board's director of nursing Sonia
Gamblen told TVNZ's Breakfast show that by 10pm one person
remained in hospital and the others were discharged.
"During the night, one more student attended the ED
(Emergency Department) and was admitted.
"One has a fracture and one is under observation -- she just
got a bit unwell in the night and came up to the ED."
A school spokeswoman said the principal, Terehia Channings,
was with the students at the time.
Police said no information was available about what caused
The National Secondary Schools Kapa Haka 2014 festival starts
today and ends Friday with 42 teams across 14 regions
Family members who want information can contact Gisborne
Hospital on (06) 869-0500.