Not your average commute
February 12, 2012 1:50 PM Subscribe
On February 22, , 13 [bus passengers] were crushed by an unreinforced brick building at 603-13 Colombo St. I broke half a dozen bones or so, severed a tendon, spent two months in hospital and six months off work. And I was lucky. Twelve people died. I did not know them, but they forever travel with me.Just after midday, North Carolina native and political scientist Ann Brower boarded the no. 3 bus to Canterbury University. Shortly afterwards, falling masonry from the 2011 Christchurch earthquake trapped her and the other passengers in the bus. She was the sole survivor. Now, nearly a year later, she describes her rescue and her recovery.
Additional links: Brower giving evidence at the Royal Commission into the earthquake earlier this year. A statement by one of her rescuers, the injured driver on the bus behind hers. An earlier interview, conducted in the days following the earthquake. Youtube footage: ; , taken while Brower was still trapped; , the scene after the evacuations were over.
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