School van crash prompts po­lice probe

Kaikoura Star - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - PIPPA BROWN

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.

PHOTO: PIPPA BROWN/STUFF

The white Toy­ota minibus was badly dam­aged in the crash.

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