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Police were called to a Train that hit a school Bus at around 8:05 am this morning in Clevely Line, Bunnythorpe.
There were initial indications are that there were serious injuries, but no children have been seriously injured however some are being treated for minor injuries.
The total number of children on the bus is being defined.
“Parents that wish to collect their children are asked to make themselves known to an officer at the scene who will assist them,” said New Zealand Police.
Diversions are in place.
Motorists are asked to avoid the area or expect delays.
KiwiRail’s Group Chief Executive Greg Miller says, “I was shocked and saddened to learn of this morning’s collision, shortly after 8 am, between a bus and a locomotive at Clevely Line about 2km south of Bunnythorpe.”
“KiwiRail staff are on-site, working with emergency services and supporting the train driver who is physically unharmed but naturally shaken by the incident.”
“We will work closely with agencies in any investigation but for now the priority is allowing emergency services to do their job.”
“The level crossing is protected by flashing lights and bells. The North Island Main Trunk Line is currently closed between Marton and Palmerston North and will remain closed until cleared by Police.”
“KiwiRail will be offering support to the schools involved and the bus company and I send my thoughts, and those of all KiwiRail staff, to everyone involved in this incident.”
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