One killed, two injured in Southland road accidents

This parked ute was was damaged when it was hit by a bus carrying schoolchildren in Drury Lane,...
This parked ute was was damaged when it was hit by a bus carrying schoolchildren in Drury Lane, Invercargill, yesterday. PHOTO: ABBEY PALMER
Two crashes in Southland yesterday left one person dead and two others with injuries.

A single vehicle crashed in Old Coach Rd, near Gore, about 2.30pm.

A police spokesman said one of the occupants died at the scene and another was flown to hospital in a serious condition.

The road was closed for a time and the Serious Crash Unit was investigating the cause.

Soon after, about 3pm, a bus with schoolchildren on board crashed into a parked vehicle in Invercargill.

A police spokeswoman said the bus was travelling along Drury Lane, between Heywood St and Baxter St, when it crashed into the vehicle.

A St John spokesman said there were 59 people on the bus and one person was taken to Southland Hospital with minor injuries.

A reporter at the scene said the bus windscreen was almost entirely caved in, while another vehicle had been pushed on to the footpath and into a stone fence.

Donovan Primary School Board of Trustees chairwoman Jill Wilkinson said the children were picked up by another bus and taken back to the school.

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