Multiple injuries after bus crashes in Manawatu

The overturned bus near Sanson. Photo: RNZ Pacific / Walter Zweifel
The overturned bus near Sanson. Photo: RNZ Pacific / Walter Zweifel

A bus carrying 28 passengers has flipped into a ditch 5km south of Sanson in Manawatu.

Ngāi Te Rangi Iwi chief executive Paora Stanley confirmed that a bus carrying whanau returning from Parliament this afternoon crashed in Sanson.

Mr Stanely said he was heading to support whanau and see how he could assist them.

He said he was grateful there were no fatalities but some passengers, some of whom were elderly, were quite shaken up.

Fire and Emergency spokesperson Mike Wanoa said a call came in at 2.45pm that the bus was on its roof in a ditch off State Highway 1.

A St John spokesperson said they treated 20 people, one is in a serious condition and the rest have moderate to minor injuries.

People have been taken to Whanganui and Palmerston North Hospitals.

Mr Wanoa said all passengers were now out of the bus.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Team will be investigating.

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