Two drivers hurt in single-car crashes

JONO GALUSZKA
Last updated 12:00 07/07/2014

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Two car drivers have ended up in Palmerston North Hospital after separate car crashes.

Both crashes happened near Feilding, and both resulted in a car ending up in a ditch.

While police are investigating both crashes, they say only one may have involved alcohol.

At 4.30pm on Saturday, police, fire and ambulance staff responded to a single car crash on Makino Rd, about 14 minutes north of Feilding.

The Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter was called to the scene and airlifted a 16-year-old girl to Palmerston North Hospital.

St John Ambulance communications staff said the girl was in a moderate condition when ambulance staff attended to her.

Rescue helicopter pilot Chris Moody said the girl was trapped in the car, and was pulled out by members of the Feilding fire brigade.

Sergeant Kaine Austin of Feilding police said the girl had been driving to work in Feilding when her car left the road and ended up in a ditch.

The girl had not yet been interviewed by police, but police believed no other cars were involved and she had not been drinking.

"We're still investigating how it happened." The second crash took place at 10.20pm on Saturday at the intersection of Milson and Camerons lines, just south of Feilding.

Austin said a man was driving a car towing a trailer towards Palmerston North.

He failed to take the corner which connects the two lines and ended up against a fence.

"As the bend starts, he's not taken it," Austin said.

St John Ambulance staff were called and the man was taken to hospital with minor injuries, he said.

Police were also still making inquires into that crash, but Austin said they would check if the man had been drinking.

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- Manawatu Standard

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