A St Helens man remains in a critical condition in the Royal Hobart Hospital after a two-vehicle crash involving a bus on the Midland Highway at Oatlands on Monday afternoon.
The man, 25, was driving a Subaru Impreza south on the highway when it collided head-on with a 40-seater bus that was attempting to turn into High Street about 5pm.
Inspector Brian Edmonds said the car caught fire, but fortunately passers-by were able to put it out with a fire extinguisher while the driver was trapped.
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He was airlifted to hospital, along with his male passenger, 26, also of St Helens, who was in a serious but stable condition. The female bus driver suffered minor injuries.
Inspector Edmonds said drugs and alcohol were not a factor, but preliminary investigations indicated that a failure to pay attention and drive to the conditions may have played a part.
The Midland Highway was closed for several hours while the scene was cleared.