A bus accident which left 19 people injured after the vehicle crashed in Manawatū this afternoon is the same model as the one involved in a fatal accident on Mt Ruapehu on Saturday.

The Herald can also reveal the 1991 Fuso bus that crashed off the road into a ditch today had failed its warrant of fitness checks eight times since 2006 - most recently in 2013, according to vehicle records.

Today's crash involved an iwi group who had travelled to Parliament.

Fuso is the same brand of bus that crashed on the Tū roa mountain road at the weekend, killing an 11-year-old West Auckland girl.

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State Highway 1 was temporarily closed from 4.45pm to 6pm while the bus was recovered from the ditch.

Police said 19 people were on board the bus at the time of the crash - despite initial reports indicating there were 28 people on board.

"Six people were taken to Palmerston North Hospital with moderate injuries.

"The remaining thirteen people were taken to Whanganui Hospital with minor injuries," a spokesperson said.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Team (CVST) is investigating the cause of the crash.

A police spokesman said the bus crashed into a ditch at the intersection of SH1 and Rowe Rd in Rongotea at 2.47pm today.

A bus lies in a citch on State Highway 1 as the emergency services attend to the injured. Photo / Merania Karauria
A bus lies in a citch on State Highway 1 as the emergency services attend to the injured. Photo / Merania Karauria