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Restraints save kids in collision

SIMON SMITH
Last updated 05:00 20/07/2012
Ti Rakau Drive
SIMON SMITH

SORRY SCENE: Emergency services attend a five-car crash in Botany Downs on Wednesday morning.

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A five-car crash has police thanking child restraints and urging people to adhere to road rules.

A pregnant woman and another person were taken to hospital with minor injuries after the incident at the intersection of Ti Rakau Dr and Te Koha Rd on Wednesday morning.

Counties Manukau East's strategic traffic unit officer in charge Sergeant Jeremy Field says there were two or three young children in the cars and it was lucky none was hurt.

"It was good that the parents had their children restrained otherwise they might have sustained injuries as a result of the collision," he says.

The crash happened when a blue Toyota travelling east on Ti Rakau Dr and a grey four-wheel-drive turning right out of the The Hub collided at about 9.40am.

After the initial impact the Toyota crossed the grass centre island into oncoming traffic, involving more vehicles.

St John operational team manager Mike McGarva says two people were being transported to Middlemore Hospital with minor injuries.

Mr Field says one of them was taken largely as a precaution because she was 25 weeks pregnant.

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- Eastern Courier

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