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Eight people have been injured after a school bus crashed into a ditch in the Shenandoah area near the Nelson Lakes.
A police spokeswoman said four rescue helicopters were sent to the scene.
Nine people were on the bus.
Police received a report at 4.20pm of a bus crashing into a ditch off the State Highway 65 near Murchison.
The nearest cross-streets are Maruia Saddle Rd and Pea Soup Rd, she said.
St John said they assessed eight people with injuries. Two people with moderate injuries were flown to Nelson Hospital while the remaining people were transferred to a medical clinic in Murchison with minor injuries.