Two still in hospital after bus crash

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 crash.

The National Secondary Schools Kapa Haka 2014 festival starts today and ends Friday with 42 teams across 14 regions competing.

Family members who want information can contact Gisborne Hospital on (06) 869-0500.


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