One of the first people on the scene of a fatal crash involving a school bus and a train has described seeing trapped students trying to smash windows to get out.

Builder Tony Robertson, who was heading to work with his son, was following the bus when it approached the intersection of Railway Rd and Clevely Line in Bunnythorpe near Palmerston North.

Students from Feilding High School were among the 41 passengers on the bus, which hit a train as it went though a level crossing at about…

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