Bus crashes into bus on busy street
A woman has suffered facial injuries from shattered glass as the bus she was on crashed into another on a busy Takapuna street.
The North Star bus was travelling its normal route from central Auckland into Takapuna when it collided with a parked Ritchies bus at around 7pm on September 2nd on Lake Rd near Shore City Mall.
North Star passenger Tammy Sinko says it is lucky the bus was relatively empty at the time or people could have been seriously hurt.
"There were maybe 20 people on my bus at the time. Takapuna is one of the last stops which is lucky because it was packed when I first got on.
"Had it crashed then there would have been some pretty bad injuries. People were sitting and standing right where it crashed through."
She says the driver of the North Star bus took the corner of Huron St and Lake Rd and ‘T-boned' the parked bus.
"It was a really slow impact, like she tried to squeeze past. We could all see she wasn't going to make it. There was a massive bang and all this glass showered down over the passengers."
The injured woman was sitting less than a metre away from where the Ritchies bus penetrated through near the rear exit door.
"She'll definitely have a black eye today. Her cheek was all red and puffy.
"It is crazy how weak the frame seemed, the back just caved in," Miss Sinko says.
Passengers were told to stay on board until it was deemed safe for them to get off a short time later.
Ritchies Transport North Shore Depot manager Lyn Carter says: "The Ritchies bus was stationary and parked on the rear of the bus stop when a North Star bus came around the corner from Huron St and hit the rear of our bus. We had no passengers on board our bus."
The driver of the North Star bus showed no signs of driving impairment in the lead-up to the crash, Miss Sinko says.
NZ Bus, owners of the North Star, Metrolink, GO WEST and Waka bus fleets, did not provide comment.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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