Emergency services kept busy

00:28, Mar 10 2014

It was a flat-out weekend for emergency services around the region as they dealt with incidents from across the spectrum.

There were five motor vehicle crashes within a four-hour period yesterday, a missing tramper and a missing car driver sparked search and rescue missions, and fires, some of them suspicious, burned around the region.

The callouts began on Saturday at 2.12am when two fire engines were called to Craftbuild Industries, Tiro Tiro Rd, Levin, to extinguish a small fire which began in the back of the building.

The damage was not thought to be serious but fire investigators were yesterday still working to establish the cause, a fire communications spokesman said.

Missing motorist James Williams was found safe in Wellington on Saturday after disappearing for two nights.

On Saturday afternoon three fire engines were called to a suspicious car fire at Palmerston North Hospital.


Milson Fire Station officer Bevan Clark said they were called to the fire outside the hospital's laundry on Bodell Place about 5.20pm.

The car, a grey Mitsubishi station wagon, was placed against the wall when it caught fire and because of that police were investigating, Mr Clark said.

Alerts were raised on Saturday night after an experienced tramper did not return from the Tararua Range.

The woman, a 43-year-old from Upper Hutt, was tramping in Tararua Forest Park near the Carkeek Ridge Hut.

Inspector Mike Coleman of police central communications said when the woman had not returned from the tramp by 8pm, emergency staff became concerned.

She was found on Sunday morning.

At 12.45pm yesterday police, fire and ambulance were called to Vogel St in Woodville after a pedestrian was hit by a car.

The pedestrian, a woman, was taken to Palmerston North Hospital with moderate injuries, an ambulance communications spokesman said.

About the same time a three-car crash on Ruahine St, Palmerston North, caused slight delays to traffic.

About 2.20pm Feilding Volunteer Fire Brigade were called because of a smell of burning at The Warehouse.

A fire communications spokeswoman said the callout had lasted more than two hours, but there did not appear to have been a serious fire.

There was a two-car crash at the intersection of state highways 56 and 57 near Shannon about 2.30pm, causing delays to traffic. Two patients were taken to Palmerston North Hospital, one with moderate injuries and one with minor injuries, an ambulance communications spokesman said.

An hour later police and fire were called to a crash on the corner of Summerhill Drive and Turitea Rd, Palmerston North.

Sergeant Doug Seal said a motorbike had run into the back of a car. No-one was injured.

At 4.30pm ambulance responded to a crash between a car and a cyclist on Sheehan St in Shannon. The cyclist had minor injuries and was given a ride home to Levin, an ambulance communications spokesman said.

A man who got a grinder embedded in his chest over the weekend is in a stable condition in hospital this morning.

The Palmerston North rescue helicopter was called to Dannevirke at midday yesterday when a 47-year-old man was injured when the grinder he was working with "kicked back" and cut into his chest.

He was flown to Wellington Hospital, where he had surgery. He was in a stable condition this morning a hospital spokesman said.

Later yesterday an Eketahuna man, 34, was pruning trees when he injured an arm in a chainsaw accident.

He was flown to Palmerston North Hospital in a stable condition.

Manawatu Standard