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Waikato police have issued a stark reminder for tradies carrying unsecured items in their vehicles after a head-on crash on the outskirts of Hamilton.
Police were called to an incident near the intersection of Osborne and Kay Rds last Thursday when a van and a light truck collided.
Police said while the tradie, who was driving on his own side of the road, was minding his own business the crash could have had deadly consequences.
On impact, a multitude of items went careering through the front windscreen - including a plank of wood and a saw.
"We are not looking to discuss blame here but the cops in attendance noted the 'lucky' side of it, which is worth sharing," Waikato police wrote on their Facebook page.
"The driver of the Toyota Hiace has slammed on his brakes (prior to collision) resulting in all his tools coming flying forwards, towards his head and his passengers'.
"A piece of wood has flown at the windscreen at such force that it has smashed out the windscreen. You can imagine what could have happened!
"If you are a tradie or own a company this may be an opportunity to consider any improvements that you can make (in case of an emergency). May stop anything nasty happening."