Serious crash in Pohangina

CRASH: The car at the bottom of a 20m ravine off Pohangina Valley Road.
CRASH: The car at the bottom of a 20m ravine off Pohangina Valley Road.
SCENE: Emergency services at the scene of the crash.
SCENE: Emergency services at the scene of the crash.

A man who suffered serious injuries after his car plunged more than 20 metres into a ravine was lucky to be found in the dense bush, say police.

The Palmerston North rescue helicopter responded to the crash about 11am on Pohangina Valley Road.

A 42-year-old from Pohangina was found seriously injured at the scene.

CRASH SCENE: Rescue services at the scene of the Pohangina car crash.
CRASH SCENE: Rescue services at the scene of the Pohangina car crash.

Ashhurst Constable Mark Glentworth said the man was driving towards Pohangina village when his vehicle, a silver Toyota Altezza, veered left off the road travelling up a hill, smashing through a fence and flying about 50m diagonally across a ravine.

His badly crumpled vehicle came to a stop against a fallen tree trunk, next to a creek, leaving a trail of car parts and items from the car in its wake.

The man was seriously injured, and because of the depth of the ravine, it took police, fire service and St John Ambulance staff about 20 minutes to carefully hoist him back up the bank and into a waiting ambulance.

He was stabilised and transported down the road to a waiting Palmerston North Rescue Helicopter, which flew him to Palmerston North Hospital.

Mr Glentworth said he had yet to speak to the man, so the cause of the crash was unknown.

Given the dense bush and the depth of the ravine, the man was lucky a neighbour saw the vehicle as it passed, then heard the crash a few moments later.

If they had not, there was little chance he would have been found, he said

Manawatu Standard