Woman dies in West Auckland car crash
A woman is dead after her vehicle smashed into the veranda of a house, leaving a trail of rubble behind as it fell to the ground down a steep bank.
It ended up resting upside down near a tree in the backyard of a West Auckland home.
In spite of the efforts of rescuers, the woman, the car's only occupant, couldn't be saved.
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Police said the crash happened about 3.30pm on Wednesday, when the white vehicle drove onto a property on Aronui Terrace in Kelston.
The vehicle rolled down a bank, ending up on its roof.
Police on the scene said it appeared the driver had suffered a medical emergency, which had led to the crash.
The woman died at the scene, though no-one else was injured.
The body was removed from the scene about 7pm, with family members present.
The vehicle was also being removed.
An autopsy would be conducted on the dead woman on Thursday, police at the scene said.
The damaged house was being boarded up, and the occupant would stay elsewhere overnight, police said.
A boy walking home from school saw the crash.
Dev Solanki, 15, said the "car was fully flipped over".
"We came inside our house and got a clear view of the crash. The car was fully flipped over and the balcony above it was broken.
"I think it happened five minutes before we saw it when I walked past at about 3.30pm, because police were already there and we could hear all the cars coming."
Emergency services, including Fire Service and St John, were at at the scene, as was the Police Serious Crash Unit.
A Fire Service spokesman said emergency services had worked to free the woman.
A person who answered the phone at the house where the crash happened hung up without making any comment.