A truck driver is seriously injured and four children have minor injuries after a school bus and light truck crashed on State Highway 2, south of Te Puke today.
The road is now open for both lanes after diversions were earlier put in place at Rangiuru Road down Te Matai Road and back onto SH2, following the crash at Te Matai about 8.15am.
Western Bay of Plenty road policing manager, Senior Sergeant Ian Campion, says the truck driver is in a serious condition and four school children suffered very minor injuries.
Two of the children are from Te Puke Primary School, one from Te Puke Intermediate and teen from Te Puke High School. All four suffered minor injuries and were treated at the scene but were not transported to hospital.
Ian says the school bus was full of children and heading towards Tauranga when it and the truck collided.
The driver, believed to be in his mid-20s, of the Chaytor Fences Ltd truck, was trapped for a short time before being freed by firefighters. He was taken to hospital by St John Ambulance paramedics.
The crash occurred quite near to Waitangi School and police say pupils are being walked the remaining distance. School staff are contacting parents to reassure them.
Witnesses say there were about 40 students on the Go Bus at the time.