Tourist bus in Te Anau crash a Mitsubishi Fuso

A tourist bus which crashed near Te Anau earlier this year was the same make as those involved in three crashes in the North Island in the past fortnight.

The three crashes, involving Mitsubishi Fuso buses, have left two people dead and many others injured, and yesterday spurred Transport Minister Phil Twyford to ask the Ministry of Transport and the NZ Transport Agency to launch an investigation.

The tourist bus which crashed on State Highway 94 between Mossburn and Te Anau on May 31, injuring 15, was also a Mitsubishi Fuso.

The bus, understood to be carrying Korean tourists to Milford Sound, did a 180deg turn before rolling on to its side and sliding into a fence on a frosty morning.

Two of the passengers sustained serious injuries.

The 2016 Mitsubishi Fuso Rosa's ownership records show it initially failed - then passed - a certificate of fitness inspection in February, about three months before the crash.

It had also clocked up almost 140,000km in less than two years.

At the time of the crash the bus was owned by Kims Coach, registered to an Auckland address.

No email address or contact number for the company was listed.

A police spokeswoman said investigations into the crash by the commercial vehicle safety team and serious crash unit were continuing and she could not comment on their progress.

george.block@odt.co.nz

 

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