The bus company boss run over by a bus in Wellington on Thursday is in a serious condition in Wellington Hospital.
Tim Brown suffered severe head injuries and a collapsed lung after being hit by a bus on Willis Street near the intersection with Mercer Street in the central city about 1pm.
He is a well-known director of Infratil, the Wellington-based infrastructure investment company that lost its founder Lloyd Morrison to cancer in February.
"His condition is serious and he is in intensive care in Wellington Hospital," Infratil chief executive Marko Bogoievski said.
"All our thoughts and prayers are with Tim and his family at this time."
Infratil owns NZ Bus, the largest public transport operator in Auckland and Wellington with more than 1000 buses. Mr Brown is one of the directors that oversees that investment.
He is also a director of Wellington Airport, which is majority owned by Infratil.
Witnesses said Mr Brown was jammed between two wheels of the bus and was pulled out by bystanders who gave him CPR.
The accident happened just metres from where Venessa Green, 40, of Newtown, was struck and killed by a bus last June while out jogging, Fairfax reported.
The movement of buses through the streets of central Wellington has been an ongoing issue with at least 10 accidents involving buses and pedestrians since bus routes were changed two years ago.
Seventeen pedestrians were injured in crashes on the street between January 2006 and December 2010, according to a NZTA report.
Wellington branch secretary of the Tramways Union, Kevin O'Sullivan, said the driver, who has been stood down on full pay, was cut up about the accident, Fairfax reported.
NZ Bus chief executive Zane Fulljames said his company was focused on supporting the driver and his colleagues.
The company was working with authorities and had started its own investigation into the cause of the accident.
Witnesses speculated that construction work in the area may have contributed to the accident.