School ‘Bus’ Crashes Near Cambridge, Waikato

A school bus crashed on the  Maungatautari Rd, east of Cambridge, at 12.35pm today.

One Press report is that five people have been injured, one of them is in a serious condition in hospital

“The driver of the mini-van was taken to Waikato Hospital in Hamilton with serious leg injuries, four children were taken to Tokoroa Hospital’s emergency department with minor injuries and two children were treated at the scene by St John Ambulance paramedics.

The vehicle left the road, careered down a bank and hit a tree. The driver was initially trapped.

Sergeant Warren Shaw, of Te Awamutu police, said the crash could have been a lot worse and it was a timely reminder for motorists to drive to the conditions.

“It appears the driver of the school bus/van lost control of the vehicle on a wet road and the vehicle left the road and crashed into a tree,” Mr Shaw alleged.  “

Our thoughts and wishes for a full recovery are with the injured and their families.

Another report said that the vehicle was a mini-van, not a bus, with seven children inside, whilst another said that eight people were injured

The fitting of seatbelts on school buses is not compulsory in New Zealand and it’s a wonder that no one was killed in the crash.

Other blog posts about school bus crashes include:

School Bus Crash Near Hokitka

Gisborne High School Bus Crash

Another School Bus Rolls

We’d like some more up to date data but all we have a present is:  In the period 1992 to 2001, there were 85 school bus-related incidents or crashes resulting in 12 fatalities, 20 serious injuries and 80 minor injuries in New Zealand.

See also a collection of posts on our blogspot site tagged: New Zealand’s dangerous roads