Unborn baby lost in fiery crash

20:22, Mar 19 2014

A pregnant woman has lost her unborn baby after a fiery car crash in Hawke's Bay is still in a serious condition.

The 20-year-old from Waipukurau was due to give birth in a fortnight.

She was one of two passengers in a car that crashed then caught fire on a sharp bend 20 kilometres southeast of Waipukurau yesterday afternoon.

She was flown to Hawke's Bay Regional Hospital in the Lowe Corporation rescue helicopter with chest and pelvic injuries.

Hawke's Bay Hospital spokeswoman Anna Kirk this morning confirmed the unborn baby died Tuesday night, while the mother was this morning in a serious condition in the hospital's high dependency unit.

Mrs Kirk said the family requested privacy so they could support and care for the grieving mother.

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In a statement they thanked emergency services who attended the crash including the Lowe Corporation Rescue Helicopter and Hawke's Bay Hospital staff.

They were also grateful for the support shown from family and friends at this "very difficult time".

The driver and other passenger remain in a stable condition, Mrs Kirk said.

Senior Constable John Flack of Waipukurau said all three were wearing seatbelts and escaped before the fire took hold.

The Dominion Post