Motorists on the Auckland Harbour Bridge were gobsmacked this
afternoon when a bus carrying passengers was spotted
travelling north in the southbound lane.
Police say the driver may have suffered a medical problem.
The Twittersphere came alive with passengers from the bus and
onlookers shocked at the sight of the bus travelling against
the traffic before attempting a U-turn about 1pm.
Amanda Preston, a passenger on the bus, tweeted about the
She said the driver did not seem at all aware that he was
"doing something insane".
At first the passengers were quiet and looking at each other
in confusion but as the bus continued towards the oncoming
traffic they began yelling at the driver to stop.
Ms Preston said some passengers phoned the police.
She said the bus was brought to a halt when a truck stopped
in front of it, preventing the driver from carrying on in the
Police said the bus had travelled over the bridge towards
Auckland city and had taken the Shelly Beach off-ramp. It
came to a stop at the Shelly Beach off-ramp and blocked
traffic. The vehicle then attempted to do a U-turn.
The bus then travelled up the Harbour Bridge northbound, back
towards Takapuna, in the lanes reserved for traffic heading
A truck pulled across the lane and stopped the bus and other
cars also pulled over to help, police said.
A police motorways patrol officer reversed the bus back down
The bus driver had been taken to hospital for medical checks.
"We'll be speaking with the driver and doing further
investigation. At this stage it appears this was caused by a
medical event" said Inspector Mark Fergus, Waitemata road
"We're relieved that no one was injured and we'd especially
like to thank the driver of the truck and other motorists who
assisted at the scene"