Bus driver charged

A bus driver faces seven charges of dangerous driving causing injury after a passenger bus crashed into a tree in October.

The driver, due to appear in the Queenstown District Court on January 27, has yet to enter a plea.

The charges relate to a crash near the Edith Cavell Bridge at Arthurs Point on October 26.

A bus operated by Connectabus skidded on a wet road and smashed into a tree. About 25 people were aboard. Skidmarks 40m long were left on the road after the crash.

Constable Terry Wood said at the time the bus bounced off a kerb and the driver, seeing little other option, had aimed for the tree to avoid the drop down to the Shotover River.

Const Wood said the driver had driven the route for three and-a-half years.

Connectabus boss Ewen McCammon declined to comment on the charges saying: ''It's before the court, so I've got no comment to make.''