NZSki bus driver injured in strong wind

An NZSki bus driver caught by strong winds and thrown under his bus on Saturday afternoon is in a stable condition in Southland Hospital.

NZSki chief executive Paul Anderson says the man, one of the company’s most experienced bus drivers, stopped on the way down the Remarkables access road on Saturday afternoon to remove the chains from the bus, which has a full load of passengers.

Anderson says the man opened the bus door and the wind caught it, pulling him out and throwing him under the vehicle.

Another staff member on the bus helped stabilise the man, understood to be in his 50s, until an ambulance arrived, and another bus driver was dropped off to return passengers to Queenstown.

St John Queenstown station manager Keith Raymond says the man sustained ”moderate to serious chest and arm injuries” and was later transported to Southland Hospital.

Anderson says he is expected to make a full recovery.

”It underlines the hazards we have got on the mountains … it’s a hazard we’re dealing with every day.

”From NZSki’s perspective, our thoughts are with his family.”

 - Otago Daily Times