Forty people have been injured after a Feilding High School bus was hit by a train near Palmerston North this morning.
Six students were taken to Palmerston North Hospital with moderate to minor injuries.
Emergency services were alerted to the serious crash just after 8am at the intersection of Railway Road and Clevely Line in Bunnythorpe.
St John said it assessed 40 patients at the scene, whose conditions varied from moderate to minor.
A resident near the crash site said it appeared the front of the school bus was hit by the train and that there were children with minor injuries.
Police were also at the scene and said no children were seriously injured, but some were being treated for minor injuries.
The number of children on the bus was being counted and senior staff from Feilding High School had been at the scene.
Four ambulances and a rapid response team were sent to the scene.
Parents who wanted to collect their children were asked to make themselves known to an officer at the scene.
KiwiRail chief executive Greg Miller said the company was shocked to learn of this morning's collision, and had sent staff to work with emergency services.
The level crossing on Cleverly Line is protected by flashing lights and bells.
The train driver is physically unharmed but shaken by the incident and was being supported by staff on site, Miller said.
The North Island main trunk line is closed between Marton and Palmerston North.
Diversions were in place and motorists were asked to avoid the area.
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