Two seriously hurt in HB crash

TALIA SHADWELL
Last updated 12:16 23/01/2014

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A man and a woman have been flown to hospital with serious injuries following a crash between a truck and a car near a rural Hawkes Bay town.

One person was taken to Hawke's Bay Hospital in critical condition and another was taken with serious injuries resulting from the two-vehicle smash in Whakaki, near Wairoa, this morning.

The crash, which occurred shortly before 10am, blocked a section of State Highway 2.

The Eastland Rescue Helicopter flew a 47-year-old male truck driver with head and chest injuries to Hawke's Bay Regional Hospital. He was in a stable condition this afternoon, a hospital spokesman said.

The Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter flew a 59-year-old female car driver with serious fractures and lacerations to hospital for treatment. She was in a serious but stable condition.

Police said diversions had been set up to guide traffic around the scene this morning.

A crane had to be called in to remove the medium-sized truck from the road, Sergeant Albury Ormond, of Wairoa police, said.

The Serious Crash Unit would be investigating the cause of the collision, he said.

The Wairoa volunteer fire brigade, a St John Ambulance and the two rescue helicopters at the scene of the crash this morning as the injured pair were prepared by rescuers to be flown to hospital. 

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