Uninsured man refuses 'jaws of life'

00:00, May 15 2014

A man with a sore neck after a two-car crash in central Palmerston North refused to be cut from his car because it had no insurance.

The 30-year-old man was thought to be injured and trapped after a Toyota Altezza collided with a Holden Commodore at the intersection of Pioneer Highway and West St at 5.05pm yesterday.

Police central communications Senior Sergeant Marc Clausen said police, fire and ambulance had attended the scene after the man had complained of a sore neck.

When firefighters went to free him using the jaws of life the man "refused to let it happen", Clausen said.

A medical check was done on the patient in the car and the decision was made to assist him out without cutting the car, a Palmerston North fire brigade spokesman said.

The incident was one of a spate of crashes in a one-hour period as the weather deteriorated around the region yesterday afternoon.


Two crashes occurred at 4.25pm, although neither resulted in injury.

The first of these was a one-car crash at No 1 Line near Longburn when a car left the road and ended up in a ditch, Clausen said.

Further south near the Horowhenua settlement of Manakau, a Mercedes and a BMW collided at the intersection of State Highway 1 and Kuku East Rd, Clausen said.

Neither driver was hurt and delays on the road were minor, he said.

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