Man seriously injured in 2-car crash on SH56

A 72-year-old man was taken to Palmerston North Hospital with serious injuries after a crash on State Highway 56, near Longburn.

Two cars collided at the intersection of SH56 and Tiakitahuna Rd at 12.39pm yesterday.

Constable Delwyn McGregor said it appeared one of the cars involved in the crash failed to give way, which resulted in a T-bone crash.

The 72-year-old driver and sole occupant of a silver Holden came to a stop nose down over the banks of a culvert before being rushed to hospital by St John ambulance paramedics.

Foxton man Eric Shailer, 66, was driving the other car, a 1982 Camaro, and escaped unharmed.

But two of his three passengers, who were visiting from Canada, suffered facial cuts and bruising.

Mr Shailer said he had been escorting the holiday makers around for a week and they were heading into Palmerston North to do some shopping when the crash happened.

His car, which he had owned for a year, was insured but was too extensively damaged to fix, he said.

The road was blocked for more than half an hour while the Camaro was cleared from where it stopped in the middle of the northbound lane.

Ms McGregor said it was a busy intersection and sometimes people didn't stop and wait. No charges had been laid as investigations were continuing.

Meanwhile, a 35-year-old man was stuck in his car for a short time after a one-car accident on the corner of Makino Rd and Lethbridge St in Feilding.

His car ploughed through a fence into a paddock. The man was taken to Palmerston North Hospital by ambulance with moderate injuries. It is not known what caused the crash.

Manawatu Standard