Child run over by bus in Atawhai
A 7-year-old-boy was taken to Nelson Hospital yesterday after being hit by a schoolbus at Atawhai.
Three girls from Nelson Intermediate School witnessed the accident near the Four Square store on Atawhai Crescent.
Resident Lisa Swain said she did not see what happened but heard screaming from inside her home nearby shortly after 8am.
Sergeant Blair Hall, of Nelson, was unable to confirm whether the boy had gone right under the bus wheels, but said it was suspected he had injuries to his legs and hips.
He said the boy ''just shot out'' into the path of the bus, saying he was headed for his regular bus stop across the street. The bus that hit him bore signs for Garin College.
Mr Hall said investigations would continue but there was no indication that the driver had been speeding.
The bus will be taken away for mechanical inspection before going back on the road.
Clifton Terrace School principal Rob Wemyss confirmed the boy was one of his students. He was on the scene shortly after the accident to make sure any children who had witnessed the accident were taken care of.
''All I can say right now is that there has been an accident and I just hope that he's going to be OK.''
A spokesperson from the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board said the boy was in a serious condition at 10am this morning.
Nelson Intermediate student Joseph Cotton, 12, sustained serious head injuries in 2010 after being hit by a 4WD vehicle on the same stretch of road.
Reports said he ran out onto Atawhai Cr after getting off his schoolbus, and was hit by the 4WD as it passed the bus from behind.
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