School van crash prompts police probe
An investigation is being held into an accident in which a van carrying school children rolled down a bank in rural Canterbury.
Kaikoura High School are still waiting on a police investigation after the a minibus carrying nine students rolled down a bank in North Canterbury.
Five of the vehicle’s occupants were injured.
Principal John Tait said no charges had been laid at this point and the school were still waiting for the results of the police investigation. The people involved had been interviewed and they were waiting to hear what was in the report.
The 1992 Toyota Hiace white minibus rolled off Inland Rd, near Mt Lyford, shortly after 5pm two weeks ago. Nine, 11 and 12 -yearold school children were returning home from a school ski trip.
Five people were transported to Kaikoura Hospital with minor to moderate injuries. Three people were taken by helicopter, one by road and one by a private helicopter.
Although all the seatbelts in the van were in working condition, some weren’t wearing seatbelts.
‘‘There was nothing mechanically wrong with the van,’’ Tait said.
‘‘The investigation will be able to tell us everything.’’
In the meantime the school had reviewed and updated their processes ‘‘outside the classroom, and travel’’ as a result of the accident.
The white Toyota minibus was badly damaged in the crash.