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Passengers injured in bus collision

Several bus passengers were taken to Gisborne Hospital yesterday morning after the Gizzy Bus vehicle they were travelling on struck a parked vehicle in Ormond Road.

The crash happened near the Dalrymple Road corner shortly before 10.30am as the bus headed towards the city after picking up passengers at the hospital.

The bus sustained moderate damage to the left front corner, including the windscreen and front door, and the other vehicle, a 4x4, was also moderately damaged.

St John sent two ambulances to the scene and four of the bus passengers were transported to hospital with what were described as minor injuries.

They were treated and assessed in the emergency department and then discharged.

The woman driving the bus was not injured.

“She was shocked and shaken up but otherwise OK,” said Go Bus Gisborne manager Bill Hallgarth.

“It was very fortunate that there were thankfully no serious injuries.”

Local residents came out with chairs for the injured and other passengers to sit on while the St John crews and police went about their work.

The damaged bus was towed away to be examined by police, who have an investigation under way.

INJURIES: A bus coming from Gisborne Hospital crashed on Ormond Road. Picture by Rebecca Grunwell
Bus versus parked car: The aftermath of bus which hit a parked car en route from Gisborne Hospital crashed on Ormond Road yesterday. Several passengers were hurt and the bus sustained moderate damage to its front. Pictures by Rebecca Grunwell