Crash witnesses may need help

Last updated 17:00 26/06/2010

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Police and Victim Support are trying to track down witnesses who saw Linton woman, Ruth Drawneek, die in a fiery car crash north of Shannon last week.

Police are still carrying out their investigation, and are concerned about the welfare of the witnesses.

Foxton Police Sergeant John May said the incident was traumatic enough for the emergency staff who are trained to deal with those types of incidents.

"We need to locate these witnesses as part of the crash investigation, but their welfare is also very important to us. It might be that they would benefit from some assistance from Victim Support."

Initial police inquiries into the crash suggest that a number of people witnessed the traumatic event and tried to help Mrs Drawneek before the car went up in flames.

Mrs Drawneek, 64, died after her 4WD car, which was towing a trailer, drifted off the road and hit a power pole.

The car flipped onto its side before bursting into flames.

Foxton Police are urging anyone who saw the crash or helped afterwards to contact them.

Witnesses of the crash on June 17 are asked to contact Foxton Police on 06 363 8084 to pass on details and request counselling.

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- Manawatu Standard

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