A 58-year-old woman suffered a leg fracture when her car left
the road in Tauranga, breaking through a fence and falling
metres over a bank into a property below.
The car landed on its roof but the woman was not trapped and
was conscious when emergency services arrived at the scene in
Tania De la Haye was in her house at the time the car fell
into her property.
"I heard the loud crash and I just grabbed the phone ... I
called and said just send everyone."
Mrs De la Haye's neighbour Sherylee Barnaby was standing in
her kitchen when she saw the accident.
"It looks straight up at the road ... I just saw the red
streak go through the fence. Straight through and straight
"I went running out the door to see if everything was all
"My main concern was her so I was keeping her calm and
speaking with her.
"She was very lucky to be wearing a seatbelt. She's one very
Mount St John shift manager Gary Bishell said the woman was
taken to Tauranga Hospital in a stable condition and was
A witness to the crash told senior fire fighter Craig Dempsey
the woman was travelling up the Ngatai Rd hill when she
crossed to the other side and broke through the fence.
Mrs De la Haye's car was parked in her driveway when the
other car broke through the fence and flew over her parked
car and landed further on.
"I can't believe it didn't hit my car and it didn't hit my
house," Mrs De la Haye said.