Bus crash in Bay of Plenty

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Police attend an accident in the Athenree Gorge. Photo / Alan Gibson
Police attend an accident in the Athenree Gorge. Photo / Alan Gibson

A bus full of passengers has crashed at Athenree Gorge in the Western Bay of Plenty.

Several people suffered minor injuries when the vehicle left the road and crashed into a bank on State Highway 2 just south of Waihi about 3.20pm, police said.

Katikati Volunteer Fire Brigade chief Joe Manukau said there were about 20 people on the bus, which was travelling to Auckland.

It had been raining in the area and weather conditions appeared to have played a part in the crash.

The bus had come off the road as it tried to negotiate a corner, Mr Manukau said.

The driver was yet to be interviewed.

Three ambulances were at the scene treating passengers for minor injuries.

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