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A bus carrying students and teachers from three Wanganui high schools crashed into a ditch on State Highway 4 near Taumarunui this afternoon, injuring eight.
Police are investigating how the bus, carrying about 45 people, crashed into the ditch about 9km from Taumarunui.
The teachers and students were travelling to the Nga Manu Korero 2013 National Secondary Schools Speech Contest in Hamilton, police said.
Five students and two teachers suffered minor injuries and were taken to Taumarunui Hospital. Another students was airlifted to Waikato Hospital with moderate injuries.
Police said the three schools had told the families of the students and teachers involved about the crash.