11 Aug 2018

All students in fatal Taranaki bus crash discharged

2:44 pm on 11 August 2018

The remaining student involved in yesterday's fatal school bus crash in Taranaki has been discharged from hospital.

The cordon near the scene of the school bus crash in Taranaki.

The cordon near the scene of the school bus crash in Taranaki. Photo: RNZ / Robin Martin

Police said they expected the bus, a Mitsubishi Fuso, to be moved later this morning.

Tranzit managing director Paul Snelgrove confirmed the make and model of the bus to RNZ news last night, and said it wasn't due for a service until next year.

It was the same make of the bus that rolled near the Turoa skifield last month killing 11-year-old Hannah Francis, and last week a bus of the same make crashed in Manawatu carrying 19 people.

The bus was carrying 13 students from Inglewood High School when it rolled off state highway 3 down a bank and into a ditch this afternoon.

The 69-year-old driver died, while the students suffered non-serious injuries.

The students were taken to the Taranaki Base Hospital and a local medical centre.

The Transport Agency said there was a temporary speed restriction of 50km/h after yesterday's crash.

Mr Snelgrove said the Taranaki Tranzit community was small and tight knit, and all the drivers knew each other well.

Today's driver had been with them a number of years, he said.

It was too early to tell what happened and police were investigating, he said.

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