Doc­tor, nurses help save pedes­trian

Auckland City Harbour News - - News -

An off-duty doc­tor and two nurses have been cred­ited with help­ing save the life of a man hit by a bus on Pon­sonby Rd last week.

The three were trav­el­ling on an­other bus not in­volved in the ac­ci­dent, and rushed to help the vic­tim, 49-year-old Tom Samp­son.

Se­nior con­sta­ble Bryan Hens­ley says their help was key to his sur­vival.

“If they hadn’t been on the spot, it could have been fa­tal.”

Fire crew from nearby Pon­sonby fire sta­tion also gave first aid.

Mr Hens­ley has vis­ited Mr Samp­son in hospi­tal, but says he was too un­well to speak about the ac­ci­dent.

Po­lice are looking at se­cu­rity cam­era footage from the bus which recorded the ac­ci­dent.

Mr Hens­ley says he is still speak­ing to wit­nesses as well.

“It looks as if it was more pedes­trian er­ror than driver er­ror,” he says.

It’s too early to say whether charges will be laid.

Mr Samp­son has now been moved out of in­ten­sive care, and his con­di­tion is de­scribed as sta­ble and fairly sat­is­fac­tory.

A NZ Bus spoke­woman says the driver of the bus in­volved was spo­ken to by Vic­tim Sup­port and has been of­fered fur­ther coun­selling.

He was stood down for the day but re­turned to work on Fri­day, and ap­pears to be cop­ing well.

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