The damaged cab of the bus. Photo by Ryan Keen
Two passengers were taken to hospital with minor injuries
after a Connectabus skidded in wet conditions near Queenstown
about noon on Saturday and crashed into a tree, narrowly
avoiding falling into the Shotover River.
Connectabus managing director Ewen McCammon said the 36-seat
bus travelling between Queenstown and Arrowtown, with about
25 people on board, failed to stop at the bottom of a hill
near Edith Cavell Bridge, Arthurs Point.
The vehicle came to a halt on Moonlight Rd reserve after
hitting a tree.
Mr McCammon said two passengers on the bus were taken to
Lakes District Hospital for treatment for minor injuries.
Another two received treatment at the scene for shock.
The driver was shaken but uninjured.
Mr McCammon said it was raining hard at the time and a
slippery road surface would appear to have been a
''We are now working with the investigating authorities to
establish exactly what happened and why,'' he said.
Constable Terry Wood told the Mountain Scene the
driver said he was braking, but the bus was not slowing and
he could hear it skidding.
The bus had then bounced off the left-hand kerb and the
driver, ''seeing little other option'' aimed for a large pine
on the banks of the Shotover River.