Tourist bus driver charged over fatal crash

An aerial view of the crash scene. Photo: Westpac Rescue Helicopter
An aerial view of the crash scene. Photo: Westpac Rescue Helicopter

A bus driver has been charged with careless use of a motor vehicle causing the deaths of five people after a tourist bus crash near Rotorua.

The man, a Chinese national, was due to make a first appearance in Auckland District Court today, police said.

"The investigation is still ongoing and police can not rule out further charges being laid."

Four adults and a young child died on September 4 this year.

The tourist bus with 27 people on board rolled on State Highway 5 at Ngatira, 20km northwest of the city, on a stretch of bush-edged road between Waiohotu and Galaxy Rds.

Wounded were treated for injuries at the scene and others flown to hospitals around the North Island.

Police had said the bus was travelling south towards Rotorua and failed to take a moderate bend.

As a result it went to the wrong side of the road, corrected and subsequently flipped.



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