Bus lost wheels on West Tamar

AN AMBULANCE Tasmania duty manager has confirmed that a paramedic crew encountered a bus which had lost two wheels on the West Tamar Highway yesterday.

The incident happened in the north-bound lane at Riverside, past the Pomona Road intersection, about 12.30pm.

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The duty manager said that the ambulance was in no danger of hitting the lost wheels, because the crew saw the first wheel come to a rest and then knew to slow down.

He said the crew then saw the second tyre going off to the side of the road.

The duty manager said that the paramedics stopped to ask if anyone needed help, but it was not required, so they continued on.

A passing motorist told The Examiner that he pulled over to offer assistance but his offer was declined.

He said the bus driver was talking on his two-way radio and appeared flustered.

The white bus, with an aqua ribbon design on its side, had pulled over to the left-hand side of the road.

The bus had double sets of rear wheels, and the two on the rear left-hand side had fallen off.

The motorist, who declined to be named, said he saw a removalist truck stop in front of him, and the two men from the truck got out and recovered the lost bus wheels from down the road, wheeling them to the rear of the bus.

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