Injured boy still in intensive care
An eight-year-old Chinese boy injured after a bus fishtailed and overturned near Mossburn is still in intensive care.
Western Southland sub-area commander senior sergeant Cynthia Fairley said today the boy remained in Dunedin Hospital's Intensive Care Unit, but was in a stable condition.
He was flown to hospital with serious abdominal injuries.
The child would be assessed daily during his stay in the intensive care unit. His mother was with him and was receiving support from Victim Support and the hospital.
Two passengers injured in the crash also remain at Southland Hospital in Invercargill. One, a 54-year-old man, was in the critical care unit with rib fractures and bruising to his lungs. The other was a 62-year-old woman with a fractured wrist, Ms Fairley said.
Nineteen people, who were initially taken to the Mossburn fire station, suffered minor to moderate injuries including bruising and abrasions. Some were later taken to Southland Hospital by ambulance, where they were treated and released. A handful of people who escaped unscathed were taken to Te Anau.
Those unhurt in the crash were expected to return to Auckland today, Ms Fairley said.
The Chinese Consulate are liaising with police over the incident.
The 37-year-old bus driver is Chinese and has been living in Auckland for the last five years. He is an experienced bus driver and is assisting police with their enquiries.
Road conditions were treacherous at the time in that area, with witness reports that the bus turned 180 degrees on black ice and came off the road backwards.
Police said they are awaiting expert reports before determining the cause of the crash.
Black ice in the crash area appeared to have eased, but police were still urging motorists to take care.
Constable Glenn Matheson, of Te Anau, said today roads around the Mossburn area were not as slippery as they were yesterday.
The Worldway Travel bus, carrying about 30 Chinese tourists and travelling from Queenstown to Milford Sound, fishtailed and overturned about 9am yesterday.
''There's still a bit of ice around, but yesterday was a wee bit different with the fact it had that light rain that came through and froze ... we haven't had that today,'' Matheson said.
People should drive to standard winter driving conditions today, he said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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