Pedestrian hit by bus
A woman was hit by a bus with such force she shattered its windscreen.
The female pedestrian, in her late teens, was hit by the bus while crossing Dunbars Rd near Hindress St in Halswell on Friday afternoon.
She was taken to hospital by St John ambulance about 5.20pm. Her injuries are unknown at this stage.
A passerby who lives in the area said the bus was left stationary in the middle of the road, forcing police to divert traffic after the incident. He later saw the bus, which was likely heading towards Wigram before the accident, parked on the side of the road with a shattered windscreen.
St John and police attended the scene. A St John spokesman said the teenager was taken to Christchurch Hospital emergency department in a serious condition with possible head injuries.
Red Bus chief executive Paul McNoe confirmed a pedestrian was hit by a bus after she "walked out in front of a bus without seeing it" on Friday afternoon.
The driver of the bus "took evasive action" by braking and trying to swerve away from the pedestrian, he said.
It was unknown if there were other passengers on the bus at the time of the accident, McNoe said.
The driver was not injured.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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