11 Apr 2011

Auto workshop penalised for fatal work

1:27 pm on 11 April 2011

An auto workshop which admitted causing an accident where a truck wheel came loose and killed a bus passenger, has been fined $5000.

Counties Automotive Diesel Repairs has also been ordered to pay reparations of more than $68,000.

Lam Xuan Hu, a Vietnamese student, sustained fatal head injuries when he was struck by the wheel which crashed through the bus windscreen on the Auckland southern motorway in January last year.

Counties Automotive Diesel Repairs admitted causing the accident and was sentenced on Monday at the Pukekohe District Court.

An investigation by the Department of Labour found the company had recently serviced the vehicle and the employee who worked on it, had no formal training and failed to tighten the wheel nuts properly.