One dead after bus crashes into water near Hanmer Springs

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A man is dead after a bus careered off a road into water in North Canterbury tonight.

The bus is sitting in about a foot of water off Rotherham Rd in Waiau, in the Hurunui District, 30km east of Hanmer Springs.

The man, who was the sole occupant of the bus, has died, St John confirmed.

Emergency services were called to the scene at 7.45pm after reports of a bus going into the Waiau River.

A Waiau resident said the bridge on Rotherham Rd, which crosses the Waiau River, was closed.

Fairfax have reported police as saying the vehicle appeared to be a converted house bus.

A spokesman for the Southern Fire Service said it was not clear what the body of water was.

Police said Rotherham Rd is closed with diversions in place on Leslie Hills Rd.

The Serious Crash Unit are on the scene and will be investigating the cause of the crash.


Source  :  New Zealand Herald

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