Four people have been hurt following a collision between a bus and a car south of Oamaru earlier this afternoon.

A police spokeswoman said the crash occurred at the intersection of State Highway 1 and Woolshed Rd around 4.05pm.

She said initially one person was reported to have serious injuries but had since been downgraded and all those injured have moderate-to-minor injuries.

A helicopter was tasked with assisting emergency services on the scene but was later stood down.

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All four of the people injured in the collision were occupants of the car, not the bus, the police spokeswoman said.

A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman told the Herald they are assisting police and St John on the scene but are not taking extractive measures.