It is thought a dog may have bumped the handbrake of a house
bus parked near Queenstown yesterday evening, resulting in
the vehicle rolling 10m backwards into a ditch.
Sergeant Tracy Haggart, of Queenstown, said the bus was
parked in a gravel bay at the side of the
Glenorchy-Queenstown road while the occupants, a New Zealand
family, drove into town in a vehicle that they had been
towing behind the bus.
It appeared that the family's dog, which had been left in the
bus, had been in the driver's seat and ''jumped around'', Sgt
The handbrake was a lever on the dashboard and was ''easy
enough'' to flick from side to side.
The bus had rolled backwards into the ditch, partially
blocking one lane of traffic before a fire truck towed it
The back of the bus, which houses the engine, was damaged in
the incident. The dog was unhurt.