Bus crash near Hamilton leaves one person in critical condition

Emergency services are responding to a crash involving a car and a bus that occurred just after 1pm this afternoon, leaving one person in critical condition.

A file image of a New Zealand Police vehicle and a Fire and Emergency New Zealand vehicle. Source: 1 NEWS

The crash was on State Highway 39 on Kakaramea Road, near the intersection of Duncan and Finlayson roads.

A police spokesperson said emergency responders were called to the scene at 1.20pm. The patient in critical condition is believed to be the occupant of the car, the spokesperson said. 

Firefighters sent three vehicles to the scene - one from Hamilton, one from Pirongia and one from Te Awamutu.

A fire spokesperson said one person was reportedly trapped.