"School Bus Crash"
One heads south to Waitara, the other north to Piopio.
They are both driven by experienced, professional women drivers.
This morning the Piopio bus rounded a corner to see a car hit a bank and spin across the road straight into the front of the bus, finally careering off over the bank.
I was buying my morning pie, when the fire siren went off.
I asked a passing truck if he had seen anything, and he said, "I think the school bus has crashed...."
Our crew arrived early on the scene, they have gone up to the top of the corner to make sure nothing comes screaming down the hill. I have grabbed some cones and set them out as volunteer firemen are still arriving. The car is over the bank by the fire engine.
There are three inside, the rear passenger is unconscious
The rescue helicopter is in the air and soon makes an appearance.
The medic crewman watches the tail rotor clearance, the ambulance officer is also directing the pilot & giving height off the ground.
It's a tricky landing, power lines cross the road here.
The words "School Bus Crash" mean rescue services arrive from miles away, coming from Urenui, Piopio, & Te Kuiti.
My very dirty truck is at the northern end of the accident scene, and the door is open so I can hear the R/T.
I can also warn approaching trucks on the CB and they will warn others further down the line.
Luckily no children or the driver were hurt, there were only five I think on the bus at that point.
They did an amazing job, warning oncoming traffic, and ringing the emergency services.
However three were seriously injured in the car, one critically.
Another reminder as to how important the volunteer rescue crews are, especially in rural areas.
It could have been so much worse, but the bus driver stayed cool and kept her bus on the road.
A big shout out to the kids too, who did all the right things...
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