Rodney Times : November 16th 2010
www.rodneytimes.co.nz Tuesday, November 16, 2010 Hopper Developments Ltd Phone now on 09 427 0090 or 0800 629 476 65 Tauranga Place, Orewa www.maygroveorewa.co.nz an easier lifestyle? Apartments from $220,000 Students aid victims School heroes: Three 14-year-old Rosmini College students gave first aid to the three victims. One of the boys held up the head of a crash victim as he went in and out of consciousness. The man later died at the scene. Photos: LAWRENCE SMITH By STEPHEN FORBES ONE person is dead and two are critically injured after a crash near Kumeu. The collision between a car and a school bus happened just after 4pm at Old North Rd on November 11. The driver of the car died at the scene, and two passengers were taken to Auckland Hospital. The 21 pupils from Westlake Boys High School, Westlake Girls High School, Carmel College and Rosmini College on the bus were mostly unharmed. Three Rosmini College students helped provide first aid to the three victims at the scene and will now receive counselling for their efforts. Acting sergeant Colin Nuttall from the Waitemata serious crash unit says it appears the Subaru WRX involved crossed the centre line and hit the bus. That s our understanding at this stage, Mr Nuttall says. But we ve still got a long way to go with our investi- gation. Rodney Local Board chair- man Bob Howard has lived in the area for the past 25 years and says the corner where the crash occurred has been the site of a number of accidents. " We ve got 45 kilometre signs up, but people go too fast and spin out, Mr How- ard says. He says cars often lose con- trol on the bend and go off the road and into the trees or the ditch on the other side. But Mr Howard says if a vehicle is coming the other way it can unfortunately be fatal. They could straighten it out and make it a 65km cor- ner, but that won t stop people going around there too fast. He will be discussing the issue with the NZ Transport Agency this week. Mr Nuttall says it is the first serious crash he s had to attend at that site in his 11 years in the job. Second major accident on rural roads By SARAH CODDINGTON AND LIZ WILLIS Fatal crash: The scene at the collision site. A fatal crash between a car and a school bus is the sec- ond major accident in four years involving country pupils from the same North Shore schools. PBC Travel buses, carrying pupils from outly- ing areas, were involved in the accidents which both occurred on rural Rodney roads. Three Rosmini College students are being applauded for their efforts to help victims. The students, Oliver Tyack, Joseph Coddington and Miles Broderick, helped at the scene for 40 minutes. Principal Tom Gerrard is immensely proud of boys and congratulated them for their efforts. They got the little ones out of the way so they didn t see too much and then went to help. They were very mature, Mr Gerrard says. He says the students were concerned that one of the victims died but are not traumatised. It is abso- lutely incredible what they did, Mr Gerrard says. Students from the same colleges, plus Takapuna Normal Intermediate, were involved in a bus crash that left 40 students with minor injuries in 2006. The bus crashed through a fence and flipped on its roof while taking a bend on the Coatesville-Riverhead High- way in wet weather. A spokesman says the present PBC Travel com- pany formed in 2007 and there were different circum- stances and routes involved. The company praises the actions of its bus driver dur- ing Thursday s accident. The fact she knew the area well and was approach- ing a dangerous corner at a very slow speed helped, the spokesman says. She saw the car had lost control on the corner and pulled the bus over to the left but the car kept crossing the centre line. The spokesman says trav- elling on a school bus is a very safe way to travel. Counselling will be offered to students on board the bus.
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