A man and his twin teenage daughters were injured when their
van crashed, bringing live power lines down in Hawkes Bay.
Waihare electrician Mitch van Cooten said he was travelling
with his wife Nicky behind the van on on Taihape Rd about
When the couple came around a corner they saw the father, in
his 40s, stumbling up the road dazed from the crash.
"We pulled up and it was obvious the van had hit the bank and
gone into the power pole sideways," he said. "The two girls
were still in the van."
He said the impact ripped off the side door of the vehicle
but the girls, 17, were disorientated and injured, with the
live damaged lines lying around the van.
"The power lines had come only about a metre from the van, if
they had landed on the van it could have become live as well.
"My wife looked after the father, who was in shock, and tried
to keep him awake while I went to check on the girls," he
said. "I told them to stay in the car because they couldn't
see properly from the injuries and I didn't want them
stepping out onto the lines.
Being an electrician and having done a first aid course, that
He said the safest place for the twins to stay was in the car
until the power had been cut. Unison Networks turned off the
power to the broken lines, enabling rescue crews to free the
St John district operations manager Stephen Smith said the
Lowe Corp Rescue Helicopter airlifted one of the girls, who
had suffered head injuries, while the other twin and father
were taken to Hawkes Bay Hospital via ambulance with cuts and
A hospital spokeswoman last night said both girls were in a
stable condition, while the father was expected to be
- By Sam Hurley of Hawke's Bay Today