Man, 70, hit by bus

09:16, Jun 07 2012

An elderly pedestrian has been taken to hospital with minor injuries after being hit by a bus in Wellington.

The man, 70, was struck by a bus on Willis Street near the BNZ bank at around 8.20pm.

Sergeant Simon Paterson said it appeared the man had been walking along the road, outside of the road work barriers put up along the footpath when he was hit.

"From what we can gather he was walking outside of the barriers, but we've still got people to speak to. It appears he was clipped by the bus on its way past."

The man was taken to hospital with minor injuries. A bus with a "not in service" sign was parked at the scene, but the driver was not in it.

Buses are being diverted, and some delays are expected. People are being asked to go to either Courtenay Place or Lambton Quay to catch buses.

Major roadworks are currently being undertaken on Willis St, and parts of the footpath have been temporarily rerouted.

There have now been at least nine known accidents involving buses and pedestrians since the bus route changed to allow buses through Manners Mall two years ago. 

At least three of those accidents have been in front of the Opera House.


The Dominion Post