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SEAMUS BOYER
Last updated 10:19 13/02/2013

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A driver left fighting for his life after a serious crash may have been thrown out the sunroof or rear windscreen of his vehicle.

The 38-year-old man was thrown from a Toyota Land Cruiser Prado during the crash on Kokotau Rd near Carterton at 6.50pm last night.

The vehicle had slid across the road, crashed through a farm fence, rolled several times and ended up on its side in a paddock.

The man, who was the vehicle's sole occupant, suffered serious head and leg injuries. He was flown to Wellington Hospital by the Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

He remained in a serious condition in the hospital's intensive care unit this morning.

Carterton fire chief Wayne Robinson said the driver was ''most likely'' thrown out of the four-wheel-drive's sunroof.

He had a badly broken leg and was unconscious at the scene.

''The vehicle was pretty badly damaged, there was debris, windscreens and bits of car scattered over about a 20 to 30-square metre area.''

It looked like the car had lost control on a corner, he said.

Sergeant Chris Megaw said it appeared the driver was not wearing a seatbelt, but it was too early to confirm.

The driver may have been thrown out of the rear windscreen of the vehicle, he said.

The serious crash unit was investigating and police were looking for witnesses to the crash.

Contact Seamus Boyer
Wairarapa reporter
Email: seamus.boyer@dompost.co.nz
Twitter: @SeamusBoyer

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