A man trapped with ‘‘severe" leg injuries waited 90 minutes
before he could be freed from the van he was driving
following a major head-on crash at Maketu overnight.
Six people were taken to Tauranga Hospital with injuries
ranging from serious to minor. The crash was the first of
five in the Western Bay overnight.
The 46-year-old man had been driving a van with four
unrestrained passengers when the vehicle collided with an
oncoming car on Maketu Rd about 8.20pm.
The driver suffered severe leg injury and was trapped in the
wreckage for 90 minutes as emergency services worked to free
The TrustPower TECT Rescue Helicopter flew the man to
Tauranga Hospital in a serious condition.
His female passengers were also treated and taken to
A St John ambulance spokesman said a 43-year-old woman
suffered a possible fractured arm, a 40-year-old woman
suffered neck pain, a 45-year-old woman suffered minor
injuries to her ribs and pain to her abdomen, and a
35-year-old woman had pain to her knee.
The female driver and sole occupant of the car was also taken
to hospital with chest injuries.
All patients are understood to be from Maketu.
Tauranga police Sergeant Chris Summerville said in addition
to the Maketu crash, about 150m of cable barrier was wiped
out in a crash on State Highway 2 near Bethlehem early this
The driver was not seriously injured.
A crash between two cars on Maunganui Rd, near Bayfair
roundabout forced traffic into one lane at 6.15am today.
Police were also called to a T-bone crash at the intersection
of Cameron Rd and 23rd Ave at 22.40pm. No one was injured.
Police were also made aware of a crash near Kaituna Rd about
The driver notified police that he had crashed into a fence
but had arranged with the farmer to repair.
- Bay of Plenty Times