Doctor, nurses help save pedestrian
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.