Bus driver charged


A 68-year-old man has been charged with careless driving causing injury in relation to a crash that injured 14 tourists.
The man was driving a bus carrying visitors from North America and Britain through Tongariro National Park on January 15 when the vehicle careered 10m down a bank and into a stream at the intersection of State highways 47 and 48 about 8am.
Four people, including a woman who was initially trapped in the wreckage and partly under water, were seriously hurt and another 11, including the driver, had minor to moderate injuries.
The driver will appear in the Taumarunui District Court on April 13.
He was an employee of tour operator Moa Trek at the time of the crash, but the company’s director, Miles Clark, would not comment on whether the man still worked there. NZME