Run­away bus on Bush Rd

North Harbour News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - JAY BORE­HAM

An out of con­trol on the wrong side of the road hit cars then ploughed through trees into the car park of a busy build­ing sup­plies cen­tre.

The Ritchies bus swerved out the path of a truck then ca­reened into ITM Al­bany’s car park, where it was stopped by a parked car at about 8.20am. The bus nar­rowly missed a dig­ger and its driver work­ing on a site next to the carpark.

ITM staff rushed to the aid of the bus driver. ITM Al­bany Health and Safety man­ager Carolyn Chalklen said she un­der­stood the bus driver lost con­trol about 300 me­tres up the road.

‘‘She has come down the hill on the wrong side of the road, and clipped a cou­ple of cars,’’ she said.

The bus broke through the fence of neigh­bour­ing re­serve, up­root­ing fence posts, then bowled through trees be­side the dig­ger.

The driver then left the bus be­gan stag­ger­ing back up the road. It was un­der­stood she was con­cerned for the oc­cu­pants of the cars she had clipped, Chalken said.

‘‘I said go get the bus driver and bring her back here. She is clearly in shock and we don’t want her stand­ing out in the mid­dle of the road get­ting run over.’’

Emer­gency ser­vices then ar­rived. An ITM staff mem­ber’s car suf­fered mi­nor dam­age, Chalken said. She thought it was for­tu­nate no-one was hurt con­sid­er­ing the time of day, and the fact that Pine­hurst School was just across the road.

‘‘It is just un­be­liev­able she hasn’t hit any­body.’’

‘‘It is just un­be­liev­able she hasn't hit any­body.’’

JAY BORE­HAM

The front of the bus was left in bad shape af­ter hit­ting cars, crash­ing through fences and trees and then into an­other car.

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