This Queenstown Connectabus skidded before slamming into a tree at Arthurs Point, just on the Queenstown side of the Edith Cavell Bridge
A full Queenstown passenger bus has skidded on a wet road
before slamming into a tree.
The bus, operated by Queenstown transport firm Connectabus,
had about 30 people on board when it started sliding about
12.30pm near the historic Edith Cavell bridge at Arthur's
Despite ploughing into a large pine and smashing the front
windscreen the driver was unhurt though pretty shaken,
according to police.
Four passengers were taken to hospital.
Constable Terry Wood said one had a cut to the forehead and
the other three just had minor injuries.
"It could have been a lot worse," he told scene.co.nz.
A huge skid mark stretches thirty to forty metres - it goes
from the brow of the hill on the Queenstown side of the
bridge at the McMillan Road turnoff and ends at the
Oxenbridge Tunnel Road turnoff.
Mr Wood said the driver told him he was braking and could
heard it skidding but the bus wasn't slowing.
The bus has then bounced off the left-hand curb and the
driver "seeing little other option" aimed for a large pine
tree on the banks of the Shotover River, Mr Wood said.
"The vehicle will be inspected. The driver has driven that
route for three and a half years so he's well familiar with
- Ryan Keen, Mountain Scene