A bus carrying 20 passengers crashed on the Te Anau-Milford
Rd yesterday morning after the driver tried to avoid two cars
stopped in the middle of the road.
The crash happened about 10am, 10km north of Te Anau, after a
42-year-old Chinese male driving a Ford Focus with one
passenger had stopped in the middle of the northbound lane.
The vehicle was unsighted by the bus driver until he had
crested a small incline in the road.
The Focus was stopped behind a second vehicle carrying four
adults and two children whose driver was seeking an area to
pull over to attend to a sick child. It is understood neither
of the vehicles were indicating their intentions to pull
The Alps bus company driver swerved to the right to try to
avoid hitting the two stationary vehicles and crossed the
centre line before hitting a deer fence, causing moderate
damage to the bus.
The bus was carrying 18 tourists, a tour guide and an
A female bus passenger sustained a minor abdominal injury,
believed to be caused by hitting the armrest of her seat. She
was attended to at the scene by Te Anau St John Ambulance
staff and did not require any further treatment.
Te Anau police and fire brigade also attended the scene.
Senior Sergeant Cynthia Fairley, of Western Southland, said
had the bus driver not veered right, the situation would have
been ''extremely serious'' and the two stationary vehicles
would have borne the brunt of a collision.
''The injuries would have been far more serious.''
She said alcohol was not a factor and the weather at the time
Charges might be laid.
In Queenstown yesterday, a car driven by a 26-year-old
Chilean woman on her way to work crashed into a parked bus at
6.15am near the Heritage Hotel in Fernhill. Sergeant Mark
Gill said alcohol was not a factor. The woman was taken to
Lakes District Hospital with minor injuries and inquiries are