A vehicle involved in today's fatal Northland accident swerved to miss a school bus before colliding with another vehicle, police say.

A police spokesman said early indications showed one of the vehicles had to take evasive action to avoid the bus and ended up crashing into a third vehicle.

One person had died at the scene and another person was injured.

No one on board the bus was hurt in the crash.

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State Highway 12 near Maitahi Road was now closed and diversions were in place.