Two people are in hospital following a single-vehicle crash
in King Country this morning.
Waikato district command centre Senior Sergeant Pete Van De
Wetering said emergency services were called to State Highway
4 near Ramaroa Rd in Aria about 7.40am.
A motorist approached a local resident to raise the alarm on
a land line due to the poor cell phone coverage in the area.
"Initial reports suggest a Toyota Prado had left the road.
The Prado had rolled leaving the two occupants critically and
Fire fighters used specialist equipment to cut the patients
from the wreck and they were then transported to a site
suitable for a rescue helicopter to transport them to
hospital, Mr van De Wetering said.
"The nature of the terrain and roading network meant there
were issues setting up diversions so traffic was opened to
one lane but anyone in the area can expect delays and if
possible police ask motorists to avoid the area.
"In situations such as today's crash emergency responders
endeavour to get people vital treatment within what's known
as the "Golden Hour" but sometimes climatic conditions such
as fog can prevent this so we are urging all motorists to do
all they can to ensure their safety out on the roads."
With major events in the Waikato this week such as the Beach
Hop in Whangamata and the Balloons Over Waikato in Hamilton,
police warned travellers to expect delays and allow plenty of
time to get to and from their destination.
- By Brendan Manning of APNZ