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Aotea College bus crash being investigated

Jul 18th, 2012 | By | Category: Latest News, News

BUSH CRASH: wreckage with minor injuries

THE BUS crash at Aotea College which involved 36 students earlier this week is being investigated by Wellington district road policing unit.

The bus is believed to have been heading towards Pauatahanui, and had about 30 students on board.

 Aotea College principal Kate Gainsford has emailed  parents of students involved in the crash saying she was impressed by the composure of students, teachers and parents alike throughout the event.

“It was pleasing to see good attendance at school as confirmation of people’s general well-being,” she said.

Parents have been informed that free medical services are available through the school, and were given the days in which the physiotherapist, doctor and nurse would be on site.

Despite everyone being given the ‘all clear’, members of staff have been informed of students seen by ambulance officers, in case of any after effects.

Ms Gainsford said the bus struck a lamp post, smashed through the Aotea College sign at the bottom of the drive and then into the back of a car.

Year 12 Student, Charlotte Browning (right), who was in the vehicle the bus crashed into, said they thought the bus had stalled and then started rolling down the hill towards them.

“I didn’t know what was going on. I heard crunching and then just blanked out. I quickly got out of the car and looked at the bus like ‘oh my gosh! This is real.’”

Some students who witnessed the accident came over to help, but others laughed she said.

“Wasn’t cool how people were laughing. It wasn’t funny.”

Many of the students, including Miss Browning, had bruises.

“They all got flung forward. Heaps of people went into poles.”

She saw one girl bandaged up with a suspected broken wrist and another who chipped her teeth.

“Most of the people at the front of the bus hurt themselves. There were a few who didn’t hurt themselves at all but I think they were the ones towards the back of the bus.”

The Dominion Post reported yesterday that the driver of the bus is due to be interviewed by Mana Coach Services.

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