Emergency services are at the scene of a school bus crash on State Highway 1 and children are thought to be injured.
St John treated three patients who were in a moderate condition and have been taken via road ambulance to Whāngārei Hospital. A spokeswoman said paramedics were still assessing people on the ground.
A vehicle and bus crashed at the intersection of SH1 and SH12 at Brynderwyn just before 8.20am. The road is blocked by the crash and delays are expected.
Three ambulances, a helicopter and a manager were called to the scene, St John said.
A Primary Response in Medical Emergencies doctor – a rural doctor called to major incidents – had also been called out to the site.
Some of the students on the bus attend Otamatea High School, in Maungaturoto.
“Early indications are that there are multiple patients,” a St John spokeswoman said.
The police Commercial Vehicle Investigation Unit is looking into the crash.
Earlier, about 8.05am, a car crashed into a barrier outside Countdown Supermarket at the Okara Shopping Centre. The crash saw a window in the shop shattered. It was believed to have been caused by a medical event.
No further details are available on either crash at this stage.
Meanwhile, a flat deck truck carrying a house has collided with power lines in the Hikutaia area in the Coromandel.
A police spokeswoman said police were called to the incident on State Highway 26 near Corbett Rd about 7.08am.
The highway is closed between Paeroa and Kopu and diversions are in place at State Highway 2, Hauraki Rd and State Highway 25A.
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