A woman, critically injured when a cattle truck rolled and
crushed a car north of Wellsford yesterday, is now in a
serious but stable condition, a spokesman for Auckland City
The occupants of the car were extremely lucky not to have
been killed immediately when the truck tipped on a bend on
State Highway 1, between Mill Rd and Oruawharo Rd, about 4pm,
photographer Bradley Ambrose said.
From what he could see, the only thing that saved them was
that the car was positioned in the gap between the truck and
"In my view and experience, if they were centimetres forwards
or backwards they would have been killed."
Police said one person was airlifted to Auckland City
Hospital in a critical condition and another person sustained
The truck driver was uninjured, police said.
Ambrose said he heard a gunshot and saw at least four cows
dead on the road with wounds to their heads. Other cows were
led away from the scene.
It appeared from the position of the vehicles that the truck
had been heading south towards Auckland and the car had been
travelling in the opposite direction, he said.
Police are investigating.