Crashes blight on festive season

KATHRYN KING
Last updated 12:00 27/12/2012

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Emergency services were kept busy over Christmas and Boxing days, with a number of crashes and traffic congestion.

Among the callouts was a crash near Marton yesterday morning. A car collided with a milk tanker and the car driver was in a serious, but stable condition in hospital last night.

The crash happened just after 3am near the intersection of Union Line and State Highway 3.

It took emergency services 25 minutes to free the badly-injured car driver, whose legs were trapped.

The car was "pretty demolished", Marton Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief Paul Hudson said.

Mr Hudson said the tanker took out about 200 metres of fence before it rolled and came to a stop in a paddock.

The driver of the upside-down full milk tanker was found inside the cab with minor injuries. The tanker had been on the way to Hawera when the crash happened, he said.

The milk leaked out, but it was contained in the paddock.

Two fire trucks were at the scene for three hours while diversions were put in place, allowing them to clear debris off the road. A crane had to be brought in to remove the tanker.

The male driver of the car was taken to Whanganui Hospital with serious injuries, and was in a serious but stable condition yesterday afternoon.

The crash is the second involving a milk tanker in the Central District in the last month.

On November 11, a tanker skidded off State Highway 56 near Opiki, south of Palmerston North, crashing through a fence and coming to a stop in a paddock.

No other vehicles were involved and the driver was unhurt.

About 9.20am yesterday, an elderly couple were treated by ambulance staff after their car ran off the road and skidded onto the railway tracks at the junction of Roslyn Rd in Levin.

Levin Volunteer Fire Brigade Chief Lindsay Walker said the couple were treated at the scene, and he did not think their injuries were serious.

Around lunchtime, police received reports of slow moving traffic along State Highway 1 between Kapiti and Manawatu, central communications Sergeant Andy Dow said.

However, the reports seemed to be centred around midday and focused on traffic moving at a crawl through townships like Otaki.

After lunch, traffic cleared.

About 9am on Christmas morning, a 20-year-old man was taken to Palmerston North Hospital with leg injuries after his motorcycle collided with a car at the intersection of Pinfold and Foley roads, Woodville.

On Christmas Eve, a 42-year-old man was taken to Palmerston North Hospital after crashing into a lamp post in Kimbolton Rd, near the Feilding Hotel at 1.20pm.

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The man suffered cuts to the head after smashing into the windscreen.

Feilding acting segreant Scott Banner said the man was the only one injured in the accident and the cause may have been medical, though it was still under investigation.

- Manawatu Standard

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