Child injured after bus overturns in Wellington

A bus carrying six children has overturned on Great South Road on a school trip, with no injuries, Makara, Wellington, New Zealand, Friday, March 18, 2016. Photo / SNPA / Marty Melville
A bus carrying six children has overturned on Great South Road on a school trip, with no injuries, Makara, Wellington, New Zealand, Friday, March 18, 2016. Photo / SNPA / Marty Melville

A child has been injured after a bus with six children on board overturned on a Wellington road this morning.

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A police spokesman said the bus was travelling on South Makara Road when it flipped on its side as it tried to take a bend.

He said six children were on board when the accident happened just before 9am.

The rear window from which six students escaped after their school bus rolled on it's side. Photo / Mark Mitchell
The rear window from which six students escaped after their school bus rolled on it's side. Photo / Mark Mitchell

One of the young passengers had a cut lip and was treated by ambulance staff at the scene.

No one was taken to hospital.

The road, which runs between Karori and the coast, was very windy.

The bus had now been righted and the crash site cleared.

Police said there were no other vehicles involved and they were investigating the cause of the accident.

The Ministry of Education said this morning's crash involved a driver and six students travelling to Makara Model School.

Acting head of the Education Infrastructure Service Rob Giller said it was working with the bus operator to investigate what happened.

"We are also helping the police with their inquiries. We have offered support to the school," he said.

Cranes being used to right a school bus that rolled on it's side with six students aboard. Photo / Mark Mitchell
Cranes being used to right a school bus that rolled on it's side with six students aboard. Photo / Mark Mitchell

The safety of all children is our highest priority and we investigate all incidents involving school transport reported to the ministry, he said.

Makara Model School is a small country school catering for children from years 1-8.

- NZ Herald

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