Three people with critical injuries have been flown to
hospital after a collision on the Coromandel Peninsula.
Another passenger has suffered serious injuries and was taken
to hospital by ambulance, said Waikato Police prevention
manager Inspector Rob Lindsay.
Two air ambulance helicopters joined fire, ambulance and
police staff at the scene of the crash in Cooks Beach.
"At this point in time it is too early to say what caused the
two car collision which happened on Purangi Rd about
12.19pm," Mr Lindsay said.
Police understood three people were flown to hospital with
critical injuries and the drivers of both vehicles suffered
A Serious Crash Investigator was making his way from Hamilton
to the scene of the crash and it was likely that the road
would remain closed for some time.
"While we're unable to confirm what happened in this crash
what we can comment on is that this is the third serious
crash in the Waikato today that has left people seriously,
and in some cases critically injured.
"This is despite driving conditions today being described as
ideal. At this time Police are urging all motorists to make
sure they are doing all they can do to ensure they drive to
survive this summer."
Earlier today two truck drivers were hospitalised when their
vehicles collided near the Mangawhero bridge close to
Sergeant Dean Kaio of the Morrinsville police traffic unit
said the two trucks had collided on a narrow stretch of road.
"I think at some stage one of the vehicles has gone onto the
wrong side of the road," he said.
Details were not immediately known about the third crash.