Car flips after Kapiti collision

KAROLINE TUCKEY
Last updated 14:08 24/02/2014
Kapiti crash
KAROLINE TUCKEY/Fairfax NZ

The scene of a crash in Paraparaumu this morning.

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A driver climbed through a shattered rear windscreen to escape her car after it flipped and spun across the road at a Paraparaumu intersection this morning. 

A bystander who helped after the crash said the sole occupant of the car appeared to have injuries to an arm and was in some pain. 

She was helped out by ambulance officers and taken to hospital. 

Senior constable Brett Main said a silver Toyota Estima travelling north on Hinemoa St appeared to travel through the intersection with Kapiti Rd without giving way. It collided with a small Toyota hatchback coming from Kapiti Rd then rolled into an empty parked four-wheel-drive and spun, he said. The accident happened just before 11am. 

Driver of the hatchback, Kapiti woman Annie Flaws, said she was unhurt, but very shocked by the crash. No-one else was in her car at the time. 

''It happened so fast, I just turned and then there was this bang and she flipped and then rolled into the other car,'' she said. 

''All I heard was a big bang.'' 

Bystander Dave Malcolm helped out after the accident. He had been painting a shop front near the intersection and turned when he heard the collision take place about 10 metres from him. 

''There was a screech and then the crunch, and I turned around to see it was spinning.

''I'm glad there wasn't kids in the back, there's car seats and kids' toys and books that came flying out.'' 

The driver of the Estima is believed to be a Kapiti woman. 

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