A man is dead and two others seriously injured after a car
believed to be carrying seven people rolled south of
Dargaville - throwing six occupants from the wreckage.
Emergency services rushed to the scene of the crash on Pouto
Rd, just south of Mount Wesley Coast Rd about 1.35am
yesterday. Police believe alcohol and excessive speed may
have contributed to the crash. It is understood two people
were travelling in the boot.
Sergeant Maria Nordstrom, of Dargaville police, said seven
young people were believed to have been in the north-bound
Subaru car when it crashed off a moderate "S" bend on the
road and landed on its roof in a deep ditch beside the road.
Initial reports suggested that two people may have been
travelling in the car's boot or hatch and all bar one person
in the vehicle are understood to have been thrown from it.
Police said a 22-year-old Dargaville man died at the scene
while two others were airlifted to Whangarei Hospital with
serious injuries. Two rescue helicopters from the Northland
Emergency Services Trust attended the crash scene and later
yesterday morning one of the choppers transferred the two
seriously injured men from Whangarei to Auckland Hospital
because of the nature of their injuries.
Three other men were taken by ambulance to Dargaville with
Firefighters from Dargaville had to cut one man from the
wreckage using the jaws of life and Pouto Rd was closed for
several hours while emergency services staff cleared the
Ms Nordstrom said the weather was fine, the road dry and
traffic light at the time of the crash.
Alcohol and speed were believed to be contributing factors.
The crash brought the number of fatalities on Northland's
roads in 2012 to 13, almost double last year's record low
road toll of seven.
Anybody with information on the accident, or who may have
seen the Subaru travelling on Pouto Rd before the crash, can
contact Dargaville police on 09 4393400.
- Mike Dinsdale, The Northern Advocate