An 84-year-old man has died after he was thrown from his car
in a freak accident at a Western Bay rubbish dump.
A Hamilton police spokesman confirmed the man died in Waikato
The Waihi man was dropping off rubbish at the Waihi Refuse
Transfer Station, about 10.20am yesterday, when, a witness
said, the man accelerated too hard, sending the vehicle into
Transfer station staff member Alan Irvine saw the accident
unfold in front of him.
"He's gone to reverse his vehicle and he's opened his door to
see where he's reversing and he's put his foot down on the
accelerator too hard. The car spun around and threw him out
of the car,'' he said.
"He was very lucky that the car didn't run over him. He was
dragged for about a metre before he was totally thrown out.''
Mr Irvine said the man, who visited the dump about once a
fortnight, had nasty cuts and grazes.
"He was the second customer of the day. It wasn't very
Waihi Volunteer Fire Brigade fire chief Moe Stevens said the
man was in a very serious condition when firefighters arrived
and deteriorated further as he was being taken by ambulance
to Waikato Hospital.
"He went into cardiac arrest in Paeroa but they revived
Mr Stevens said the man had "bad abrasions'' after being
thrown from the car and dragged.
"He was trying to reverse and he went a bit quick and fell
out and got dragged around a bit.''
Firefighters were the first emergency services on the scene,
giving the man oxygen and tending to him until an ambulance
- Amy McGillivray of the Bay of Plenty Times