Two young children are believed to be seriously injured in a
crash near Whakatane.
Five people are injured following the head-on crash involving
a single cab truck and a car on the Thornton Bridge, on
Thornton Rd near East Bank Rd and West Bank Rd.
A Rotorua Daily Post reporter at the scene said there
was chaos as police, fire and ambulance were working on those
She said a baby, aged under 6 months, was lying on a blanket
on the bridge while emergency services treated it.
A doctor was the first on the scene and worked continuously
on the baby until emergency services arrived, a police
officer at the scene told the Rotorua Daily Post.
Another child, a girl aged between 2 and 3, was also injured.
She was being cradled on the side of the road by a woman
until the Tauranga-based TrustPower TECT Rescue Helicopter
arrived and airlifted her.
The police officer said there were two adults and two
children in the car and one adult driving the small flat deck
The reporter said there was a patient on a stretcher being
treated by paramedics while emergency services were working
to free another injured person from the car.
The crash happened about 2pm. There are several police
officers, three fire trucks and two ambulances present.
The Jaws of Life were used on one of the vehicles but the
occupant was still trapped inside.
The Tauranga-based Serious Crash Unit was to investigate the
Traffic was being diverted onto East Bank and West Bank Rds
but the Thornton Bridge was completely blocked.
The crash is only about 100m where a man died on January 5.
He was Tevita Vailala Pasikala, aged 24. The police
investigation into the cause of that single vehicle crash on
Thornton Rd is continuing.
- By the Rotorua Daily Post