Two women sought after major crash

Two allegedly drunk women are sought by police after causing a major crash last night, stepping out in front of a car on State Highway 1 north of Auckland near Warkworth.

The two women were earlier seen near the Northcote Rd on-ramp and Constellation Drive, possibly hitch hiking north.

Constable Colin Nuttall of the police serious crash unit says the pair stepped out onto the road in front of a car in the dark just south of the Dome Valley, 

The driver in the north-bound car took evasive action, braking heavily and swerving across the centre line and hitting another car travelling in the opposite direction, he says.

''Both cars were seriously damaged,'' Mr Nuttall says.

Several people received moderate injuries, including broken bones.

A 6-month pregnant woman was a passenger in the first car and the south-bound car was driven by a women with four children under the age of 12.

''The pregnant woman received bumps and bruises and was taken to hospital for observation overnight but seemed to be stable,'' Mr Nuttall says.

''The initial phone call that came in from one of the people at the scene said the two pedestrians were yelling 'he's trying to stab me, he's trying to stab me', but there was no one else with them.''

The two women left the scene before police arrived.

''There have been a number of incidents in the evening around Northcote involving two allegedly drunken pedestrians. Every time we sent a patrol car to the scene they have gone,'' Mr Nuttall says.

''We are looking for anyone who has either seen the girls along the line from Northcote to Wellsford between 5.30pm and midnight, or given them a ride.

"The women were also seen around the Northcote Rd motorway on-ramp in North Shore at around 5.30pm. Police also have sightings of them near Constellation Dr, and walking on the motorway near Silverdale. They may have hitchhiked their way north," says Sergeant Blair Atkinson, Serious Crash Unit, Waitemata Police.

The police description follows:

- Aged in their late 20's

- One wearing a pink top, possibly a hoody

- One wearing dark clothing, dark hoody

- Possibly Maori or Polynesian 

- Carrying bags (backpack)

The public are urged to contact police on 481 0773 with any information or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.