15 Apr 2013

Tour bus crashes in Bay of Plenty

8:57 pm on 15 April 2013

Two women injured when a tourist bus they were on crashed in the Bay of Plenty have been released from hospital.

The bus, carrying over 30 passengers, crashed into a bank on State Highway 2 in Athenree Gorge near Waihi Beach at 3.20pm on Monday.

An ambulance took the women, aged 71 and 74, to Tauranga Hospital. A spokesperson said they were treated for minor injuries and discharged about 8.30pm.

A volunteer fireman at the scene said recent rain in the area is likely to have been a factor.

Paul Tucker said the section of the road where the bus crashed is known to become slippery in the wet.

Police said the road through the gorge remains open and a tow truck has removed the bus.