Woman hit on high­way

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT -

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.

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