Runaway NZ double-decker bus hits pedestrians and baby
NZ Police are investigating how a runaway double-decker hit pedestrians in Auckland's CBD, rolling over a baby in a pram who was pulled from under the tourist bus unharmed.
Witnesses said they spotted the driver chasing after the large open-decked bus, which rolled backwards for 100 metres down a busy central Auckland street before striking a mother pushing her infant in a pram.
A woman's piercing screams of "my baby" can be heard in video taken just after the crash, where a crowd are seen frantically searching underneath the bus.
One woman was pulled out from near the back of the bus, witnesses said, while the entire length of the double-decker appeared to pass over the baby, found unharmed near the front wheel.
One witness called the baby's escape "miraculous".
Photos show an empty pram at the back of the bus, which finally ground to a halt after smashing into a construction site and a temporary set of traffic lights.
Satender Phogat told Stuff he saw the empty bus rolling down Victoria Street West at about 1pm.
"I heard the screaming of the mum. She was just screaming 'My baby, my baby'."
He said it was "totally miraculous" nobody was killed.
Auckland Police confirmed three people suffered minor injuries and an investigation had been launched into the runaway double-decker.
The Soaring Kiwi Tours bus had been parked outside Auckland's Sky Tower, one of the city's popular tourist landmarks before rolling free.
The tour company said it would not comment if the handbrake was on because the incident was now under police investigation.
Bartender Ralph Wilson said he heard a very loud collision and saw a construction worker leap over a barricade to help.
"I thought maybe a crane had toppled over," Mr Wilson said.
Photos of the crash aftermath underlined how fortunate nobody was seriously hurt or killed.
A traffic light system and attached pole were ripped out of the ground and wedged beneath the bus.
Two holes were visible in the back end of the bus, and the left side of the double-decker was also visibly damaged.