Drivers trapped at Linton crash

Cars collide head-on

JIMMY ELLINGHAM
Last updated 06:36 08/10/2012
Linton road crash
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HEAD ON: Emergency services at the scene of the crash near Linton.

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Two people were taken to hospital – one by helicopter – after a head-on collision that badly damaged their vehicles.

Emergency services were called to the northern entrance to Linton, on State Highway 57, about 4.45pm yesterday.

There they found one person trapped in a silver Mitsubishi car, and another stuck in a black Mitsubishi family wagon.

Each car had only one occupant – both had to be cut free by the fire brigade.

At 5.30pm a man was taken by the Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter to the city’s hospital.

A woman was taken to hospital by ambulance and Sergeant Graham Wehipeihana said police were initially told both people were unconscious.

The cause of the crash was being investigated.

‘‘We have got one witness. It would appear that one of the vehicles has crossed the centre line but we’re unsure as to which one.’’

The crash happened inside the 80kmh zone, just north of Honore Dr.

Southbound traffic was diverted around the accident scene, while wider diversions were in place for vehicles heading toward Palmerston North.

The road was cleared about 6pm.

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