Car may have crossed centre line

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Police say a car whose driver died when it collided with a tour bus near Queenstown yesterday morning may have been over the centre line.

Emergency services responded to reports of the accident near the Devil’s Staircase on State Highway 6 at 7.45am.

Acting Sergeant Terry Wood said it appeared the car was over the centre line when the vehicles collided, RNZ reports.

“The bus has ended up – due to size – more or less on top of the car… traumatic thing for [the bus passengers] to watch, but no injuries to them.”

Mr Wood said weather conditions were “okay” at the time of the crash.

The road was closed for several hours following the accident, but the NZ Transport Agency advised around 12.45pm it had reopened.

The driver of the Southern Discoveries bus and all 14 passengers were uninjured, the company’s Queenstown Operations Manager, Bryony Dalby-Ball, said in a statement.

“Details of exactly what happened are still coming to light, but we understand that the driver of the car passed away at the scene and our condolences go out to their family and friends.

“We are currently taking all of the passengers back to their accommodation in Queenstown and providing them, as well as our staff, with any support they may require.

“The Special Crash Unit has taken control of the site and we will work closely with them on this matter.”

Three fire crews attended the crash, a Fire and Emergency New Zealand (Fenz) spokesman said.

The crash comes two days after a person was seriously injured in a head-on collision between two cars on the same stretch of highway.

– NZME, additional reporting RNZ