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Three people remain in hospital after bus crash

Three people remain in hospital after the tourist bus they were travelling in crashed in Southland yesterday.

A nine year-old boy with abdominal injuries is now in a stable condition in intensive care at Dunedin Hospital.

He was one of 22 people transported to Southland and Dunedin Hospitals, after the Worldway bus they were in crashed after sliding on black ice.

The bus slid and landed on its side on State Highway 94, about 4 kilometres north of Mossburn, just before 9am yesterday.

A 55-year-old man with chest and back pain and a woman with chest, shoulder and neck injuries both spent the night in Southland Hospital. Both patients are now stable.

The bus driver was taken to Southland Hospital as a precaution, but has since been released.

As many of the bus passengers did not speak English, bus staff accompanied those injured to the hospital, including an interpreter, who had a fractured ankle.

Police are continuing their investigation into the accident.

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