Mt Eden crash leaves one dead


A crash be­tween a bus and car that left a man dead and a tod­dler fight­ing for his life in hos­pi­tal may have been caused by a med­i­cal event.

Around 3.30pm on Tues­day, the route 277 bus was trav­el­ling north into Auck­land’s CBD along a wind­ing por­tion of Mt Eden Rd when it was in­volved in a crash with a car at the in­ter­sec­tion with Belle­vue Rd.

Auck­land Tramways Union pres­i­dent Gary Frog­gatt said he un­der­stood the south­bound car driver suf­fered a med­i­cal event be­fore his car swerved across the me­dian strip at speed into the on­com­ing bus.

How­ever, Act­ing Sergeant Colin Nut­tall from Waitem­ata Se­ri­ous Crash Unit said on Wed­nes­day it was ‘‘far too early to de­ter­mine the cause of the crash and it will take some time be­fore our in­ves­ti­ga­tion is com­pleted’’.

He said the Se­ri­ous Crash Unit was con­tin­u­ing its in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the crash.

The 51-year-old car driver died at the scene while two chil­dren in his car, a 3-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy, were rushed to Star­ship chil­dren’s hos­pi­tal

Both the bus driver, and an ac­com­pa­ny­ing learner bus driver who was on­board the bus were taken to hos­pi­tal with mi­nor in­juries.

Nut­tall said on Wed­nes­day morn­ing the 1-year-old boy re­mained in crit­i­cal con­di­tion while the girl was in a se­ri­ous but sta­ble con­di­tion.

Frog­gatt, who has been coun­selling the NZ Bus dou­bledecker driver, said on Wed­nes­day the bus driver was ‘‘not cop­ing very well’’.

Frog­gatt said NZ Bus had sent the ‘‘dev­as­tated’’ driver home to re­cu­per­ate with fam­ily and get coun­selling.

‘‘He’s not cop­ing very well at all, it’s some­thing that some­times doesn’t go away some peo­ple can cope with it well, oth­ers can’t’’.

Auck­land Trans­port fig­ures show the crash was the 166th in the space of four-and-a-half years along the 2.7km strip of Mt Eden Road.

Thir­teen of the crashes were classed as se­ri­ous and 60 crashes re­sulted in some form of in­jury.

The Nor­manby Rd in­ter­sec­tion north of Tues­day’s crash was the site of most ac­ci­dents, with cross­ing and turn­ing mishaps, fail­ure to give way and poor ob­ser­va­tion listed as sig­nif­i­cant con­tribut­ing causes to crashes.


The Se­ri­ous Crash Unit is con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate the crash on Mt Eden Rd.

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