SH2 reopened after school bus crash

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Traffic has been diverted around a crash involving a truck and a bus near Te Puke. Photo by John Borren
Traffic has been diverted around a crash involving a truck and a bus near Te Puke. Photo by John Borren

UPDATED 12.20pm: The driver of the truck that collided with a school bus earlier this morning is in a stable condition in Tauranga Hospital.

The 26-year-old Waihi man was taken to hospital after the crash south of Te Puke at 8.20am.

11.16am: The section of State Highway 2 where a school bus and light truck crashed has now been reopened.

All diversions that were in place have now been removed.

10.04am: The driver of the truck that collided with a school bus this morning has been taken to Tauranga Hospital.

Traffic remains backed up for several kilometres on State Highway 2 south of Te Puke, where the crash happened.

Several children on board the bus suffered minor cuts and bruises in the collision and it is understood they have been dropped off or picked up by their parents. The driver of the truck was seriously injured. It is understood the driver of the bus also received injury.

9.29am: Traffic remains backed up along State Highway 2 after a crash involving a school bus this morning.

The crash involved the bus with children on board and a light truck and occurred outside Waitangi School on SH2. The section of highway was shut off between Te Matai Rd and Rangiruru Rd with diversions for light traffic in place.

A reporter at the scene said traffic was backed up as far as north of the Te Puke town centre.

Members of the Commercial Vehicle Investigation (CVIU) are now at the scene and investigating as contractors work to clear the road.

9.02am: Western Bay of Plenty head of road policing Senior Sergeant Ian Campion has confirmed a school bus and a light truck have collided outside Waitangi School on State Highway 2.

The road is blocked and diversion are in place for light traffic only.

The diversions are down Rangiruru Rd and Te Matai Rd.

The driver of the light truck has suffered serious injuries and three people from the bus have been treated for minor injuries.

EARLIER: Emergency services are responding to a crash involving a school bus south of Te Puke this morning.

The collision happened about 8.20am on State Highway 2 and Te Matai Rd.

Police have closed the section of SH2 from Rangiruru Rd and Te Matai.

Several children have suffered minor cuts and bruises and are understood to be receiving treatment from parents and Te Matai School staff as emergency services respond.

A police spokesman said the crash involved a school bus and a small truck.

The intersection is a well-known black spot for crashes in the area.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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