Woman hit on highway
A 65-YEAR-OLD woman is in a critical condition after being hit by a bus in Hobart’s eastern suburbs.
She was struck on the East Derwent Highway at Rose Bay about 9.30am yesterday.
One eastbound lane of the Tasman Bridge was closed for several hours as police investigated. The pedestrian, of Rose Bay, was transported by paramedics to the Royal Hobart Hospital after members of the public helped perform first aid at the scene.
The 62-year-old male driver from Hobart’s northern suburbs, who was the only person on the bus, was uninjured in the collision but appeared visibly unsettled following the incident, an eyewitness told the Mercury.
“The bus driver was obviously extremely shaken,” the witness said. “I saw the bus trying to brake and I heard the squealing brakes.
“It was pretty shocking to see on an average Friday on my way to work.”
The left-hand eastbound lane on the Tasman Bridge and the East Derwent Highway exit off the bridge were closed for about two hours.
Police Sergeant Luke Walker said it was not known why the pedestrian was on the road. She was struck underneath a pedestrian overpass.
Sgt Walker also concluded that excessive speed and the use of alcohol or drugs were not considered to be contributing factors in the cause of the crash.