A teenager and an elderly man are fighting for their lives after both being struck by buses in separate incidents in Melbourne overnight.
A 15-year-old boy was hit by a bus in Doreen, in Melbourne’s northeast, at about 5pm yesterday.
He suffered life threatening injuries and was airlifted to hospital in a critical condition.
A passenger on the bus was also treated for injuries at the scene.
At about 7pm the same day, a man aged in his 70s was also hit by a bus in Menzies Creek, in Melbourne’s southeast.
He was airlifted to hospital and remains in a critical condition.
The two incidents come just 24 hours after a third pedestrian was struck and killed by a bus in Melbourne’s northwest.
A 72-year-old woman was walking her dog near Tullamarine Airport on Thursday when she was hit by a bus and died at the scene.
On Tuesday, a Sydney woman was also hit by a bus while crossing the road in Bondi, in the city’s east.
The 29-year-old suffered significant head injuries and was taken to hospital but died yesterday from those injuries.
The number of pedestrians being killed at the moment is a concern to us,” NSW Police Assistant Commissioner Michael Corboy told reporters this week.
“There’s a whole range of things that contribute to pedestrians getting killed – the pedestrians themselves are walking across the road distracted, they’re walking against red traffic control signal lights, they’re walking where there’s no crossing on the road, they’re walking in places which make it difficult for everyone to see them.
“As far as drivers are concerned, they need to take more notice of people walking on the side of the road and generally around the city area.”