Woman hit by bus in Wellington
BREAKING NEWS REPORTER
A woman has been hit by a bus this morning near the corner of Hunter and Featherston streets in central Wellington.
The incident, involving a Newlands Coach Service bus, happened about 8.50am.
The woman, who suffered visible face and head injuries, was initially treated by Wellington Free Ambulance staff as she lay on the road before being taken to hospital.
A Wellington Hospital spokeswoman said the injured woman was currently being assessed in the emergency department and was in a stable condition.
Bus operator Metlink advised most southbound bus services were delayed.
Deputy Mayor Ian McKinnon was at the scene a few minutes after the accident and said it appeared the woman was hit near a pedestrian crossing.
"Our message certainly in the first instance is for the injured and we hope for a speedy recovery."
He also said he felt for the bus drivers as it must be hard for them.
"I'm not perfect but we do know that the safest place to cross is with the green man."
A staff member at Quest Hotels on Hunter Street said the man who brought in the drycleaning every morning saw the accident happen.
"He ran in and told me to ring an ambulance. He was pretty calm."
The road was closed while emergency workers worked at the scene. It has since reopened.
There had been more than 10 accidents involving buses and pedestrians in the central city in the past two years.
Last year, Willis St was named the city's third-worst spot for pedestrian injuries in the past five years. An NZTA report revealed pedestrians were injured in 17 crashes on the street between January 2006 and December 2010.
The last accident involved NZ Bus director Tim Brown who was hit by a bus near Mercer Street in July. He suffered head injuries and a collapsed lung.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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