A woman was airlifted to hospital in critical condition after
her car was sliced in two following a collision with a power
pole on SH2 north of Clareville at around 9am this morning.
The car, travelling south from Masterton, left the road at a
corner and struck the pole with such force it separated the
motor and bumper from the rest of the car.
The driver, a woman in her early twenties, was the only
person in the car.
Firecrews from Carterton and Masterton had to drag the car
away from the teetering power pole and used chains tied to
fire trucks to stretch the car and force it apart, allowing
them to extricate the driver.
She was stabilised in a Wellington Free ambulance before
being stretchered to the Life Flight Trust Westpac rescue
Life Flight crewman Colin Larsen said she was not conscious
during the transport and was transferred to Wellington ED in
a critical condition.
The crash forced traffic to divert down Hughes Line and East
Taratahi Rd during the morning.
A Tenix crewman on site said they would have to replace the
- Andrew Bonallack of the Wairarapa Times Age