Two men have been tragically killed after being hit by a 380 airport bus in Auckland, New Zealand.
The pedestrians were just ‘out for the evening’ when they were allegedly run over by the bus at about 7pm Saturday night.
Dramatic images of the men’s bodies wrapped in white sheets on the road emerged on Saturday night.
Two men have been tragically killed after being hit by a 380 airport bus in Auckland, New Zealand. Two bodies wrapped in white sheets (pictured) were seen on the road as ambulance officers stood by.
Three passengers on the bus were checked by ambulance officers, but reportedly uninjured.
A local resident near the scene – at the intersection of Wyllie Road and Puhinui Road in Papatoetoe – told NZ Herald one of the bus passengers was ‘distraught’ and ‘crying’.
A 380 bus (pictured) was travelling from the airport when it allegedly ran over two passengers
‘She said a nurse came running over to help… she touched the bodies and she just nodded her head and said no.’
Auckland Police Senior Sargent Peter Marriott told media at the scene it appeared the two pedestrians were ‘killed immediately in the scene’.
‘This incident has involved a bus, and the bus appears to have run over them,’ he said.
‘At this time we are dealing with and caring for the families and we are also taking care of the bus driver to make sure they are looked after and procedures are followed.’
A witness described how a nurse who came running over to help touched the bodies, and she ‘just nodded her head and said ‘no’. Poice at the scene are pictured investigating and speaking with witnesses.
‘It’s incredibly tragic that two people have lost their lives..who were just out for the evening, and our thoughts are with the family at this time.’
Go Bus chief executive Calum Haslup said his bus company – NZ’s biggest – is ‘extremely distressed’,TVNZ reported.
‘Words cannot begin to express our sorrow to the families of those who lost their lives,’ he said.
‘We are supporting the driver, who will understandably be stood down whilst the investigation is underway and their wellbeing is cared for.’
Serious crash investigators are investigating the cause of the accident.