Man's legs crushed between vehicles

MICHAEL FORBES
Last updated 17:04 22/11/2013
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Jammed: Traffic was held up by a bus blocking Churchill Dr in Crofton Downs.

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A man's legs were crushed between two vehicles in an incident after a motorist tried to cut around a bus that got stuck while trying to do a U-turn on a Wellington street.

A Wellington Free Ambulance spokesman said paramedics had treated a 32-year-old man in Churchill Drive, in the suburb of Crofton Downs, after he was crushed between a ute and a flatbed truck.

Police said the man was crushed after a driver, going around the bus, lost control of his car.

He "accelerated heavily into the back of a four-wheel drive parked nearby," their statement said. "The impact pushed the four-wheel drive into the back of a light truck, trapping a man between the two vehicles."

The crushed man had serious but not life-threatening injuries.

"Paramedics administered pain relief on-site and took the man to Wellington Hospital," he said.

A witness said the man was in a bad way.

"Both his legs looked rather squashed just above his knees."

Acting Inspector Guy Callahan, of police central communications, said the bus driver was trying to turn his bus around on the busy suburban arterial route when it got stuck across both lanes.

The road was "totally blocked" from shortly before midday but had been cleared by about 1:30pm.

Police are investigating and have not decided whether to lay any charges yet.

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