Tourists hurt in gold coast bus crash.
A bus has crashed into a gold mine near Gisborne, causing extensive damage, a police spokeswoman said.
The bus involved in yesterday’s crash did not have GPS devices and was due to pass the gold mine at approximately 5.30am at the intersection of Rooera Road and Old Pye Road.
A gold prospector and a bus driver died in the crash but the driver was in a serious condition.
The vehicle, a white Mercedes, was travelling along Old Pye Road when it struck the gold prospector, a 45-year-old man, who was lying on the ground, before flipping over and coming to rest upside gospelhitzdown, Ms Wilson said.
Mr Tovey, who works for the University of Southland University, told 7 News he was with the prospector when the accident occurred.
„He (the prospector) was going north down Rooera Road before we could cross onto Old Pye Road,“ Mr Tovey said.
„He went out to find a roadblock and that caused traffic problems for the area, he was trapped in that area.“
Mr Tovey said he helped remove the gold prospector from the mangled bus after the crash, but they did not have good contact with the dead man.
The gold prospector, from Stirling, Scotland, was the only member of the family not to evacuate when the tragedy unfolded, Mr Tovey said.
He said the family was told it would take them six to eight days to complete work at the site, the Gold Coast Bulletin reports.
There were reports that the gold prospector was one of the three or four people on the bus when it was hit.
An emergency response officer at the scene confirmed that Mr Tovey assisted the injured passenger and also checked on the injured bus driver.