Highway open after bus crash

SH29A near Maungatapu is blocked after a bus crashed into stationary traffic this morning. Photos: Ryan Wood.

UPDATED 10.31AM: State Highway 29A, between Maungatapu and Baypark, is now open after a bus crash earlier this morning.

The highway was closed when a bus crashed into the back of stationary traffic just after 8.30am.

No injuries were reported in the crash, but the bus was blocking both lanes of the highway.

The crash caused massive traffic delays in and around the area.

A heavy haulage tow truck was brought in to remove the bus from the crash scene.

The NZTA say both lanes of the highway are now open.

Police are investigating the cause of the crash.

UPDATED 8.54AM: State Highway 29A, near Maungatapu is closed this morning as police deal with a bus crash.

A bus has crashed into stationary traffic on the Maungatapu side of the bridge.

Both lanes of the highway are blocked and motorists are being asked to avoid the scene.

Diversions have been put in place at the Welcome Bay and Baypark roundabouts.

There have been no reports of injuries.

EARLIER:

Photo: Delena Mosen.

Traffic delays are expected after reports of a bus crash on State Highway 29A, near Maungatapu.

A caller to the 0800 SUNLIVE news hotline says both lanes of the highway are blocked.

"A bus has gone into stationary traffic on the Maungatapu side of the bridge."

Police are placing cordons at the Welcome Bay roundabout and at the Truman Lane rounabout.

Motorists are advised to avoid the area until the crash scene is cleared.

At the scene?

Call 0800 SUNLIVE or email photos to newsroom@thesun.co.nz



6 Comments

That's Right Blame The Bus Driver

Posted on 15-02-2017 18:22 | By Mommatum

Going by previous comments, and similar whenever a bus/car fender bender's reported it seems that blaming the bus driver involved due no doubt to vehicle size is par for the course. No Sage, stationary cars don't tend to leap out at you, but neither would one expect a line of cars to be stationary in that particular spot. As for the mandatory accusation that bus drivers drive as if they own the road perhaps the solution is to change the road rules giving public transport right of way on all occasions. After all private vehicles are one of the main contributors to both congestion and greenhouse gas emission. As for commonsense anyone stopping on a stretch of motorway like that obviously has none.

Agree with all below

Posted on 14-02-2017 20:36 | By astex

Apart from the fact that it appears that one lane could have been used to keep traffic flowing, the bus itself was still drive able enough to move to a better p[lace. Too often we see traffic blocked up with vehicles that are hardly damaged and no-one is injured. Hey people, if damage is minor and no-one is injured get your car off the road so others can continue on their way. As far as I know there is no legal obligation to leave the vehicles in the middle of the road in these cases.

here we go again

Posted on 14-02-2017 14:03 | By old trucker

GOLLY gosh once again,agree with By Hilaire and SAGE and hot stuff you are all correct,Hot stuff is right they just pull out even when along side of you, funny how driver run into stationary traffic, IMMMMM wonder was driver not concentrating,the cost to heavy transport when this happens,it looks as though they could have let traffic passed if cop car was not in the lane blocking it,my shillings worth for what its worth, Thanks Sunlive for bringing us the latest news, No1 in the Bay,10-4 out.

Bus drivers

Posted on 14-02-2017 13:17 | By Hilaire

Riding the bus, a driver tells me he cant drive anyone in a people mover due to visual impairment and yet he can drive a bus ! Whats up with this .!! It seems like a lot of the bus drivers are supplementing their superannuation I am just saying !!

Nothing unusual here

Posted on 14-02-2017 10:53 | By The Sage

These stationery cars just jump out and hit you. Two stationery rubbish trucks have been hit by cars in Turret Road and Maungatapu in recent weeks. Driver inattention.

Not surprising

Posted on 14-02-2017 08:55 | By Hot stuff

The way some of these bus drivers drive around this town , they think they owen the roads.But in saying that if they didn't just pull out no one would bother letting them back out on the road .Just like on the news last night a lot of these bus/truck and taxi drivers have gone through inadequate licence issuing places and just been given their licences without the correct training or guidance

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