Incident spurs call for review of bus stop

JOHN EDENS
Last updated 05:00 12/04/2014

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Parents believe a bus stop at an 80kmh intersection where a schoolgirl was seriously injured on Thursday morning needs to be reviewed.

The Arrowtown Primary School pupil was struck by a ute in Hunter Rd just after 8.30am as a group of parents and children waited for the bus at a roadside shelter.

Pupils heading to school wait for the bus at the shelter, then cross the road to meet the bus as it heads towards Arrowtown.

Hunter Rd resident Michelle Chambers, who has two children at the school, said the 80kmh road was not a lightly trafficked route any more. Heavy trucks, work utes and other large vehicles were on the road yesterday.

She said the shelter and bus stop were used by a handful of families and on most days up to 10 children waited for the bus.

Police road markings show the schoolgirl was thrown up to 10 metres when she was struck.

"They [the children] get on and off on opposite sides of the roads. I drove my children to school yesterday and I'm sure people will talk to the school and try to work something out."

Another parent collecting her children yesterday said the road was too fast for a school bus stop.

There are no speed reduction signs or warning signs in Hunter Rd or the intersection with Mooney Rd. A 65kmh advisory sign is a short distance from the intersection on a corner.

A Dunedin Hospital spokeswoman said yesterday the girl was admitted to intensive care in a serious condition. Visiting was restricted to immediate family, she said.

The girl had been standing with her brother and others before she was struck. Children were waiting at a shelter while the bus to school pulled up on the opposite side of the road.

Police said it appeared the girl ran out on to the road without looking and was struck by the front left-hand corner of the ute as it passed.

It appeared the driver was not at fault, police said.

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