Injured pair cut from wreckage

03:48, May 16 2014
taupiri crash
CRASH SCENE: Firefighters cut two poeple out of this vehicle after it apparently crashed into the side of this truck near Taupiri.

Waikato firefighters freed two injured people after a car and a truck collided today.

Hamilton's Chartwell fire crew responded to the crash in Bankier Rd, near Taupiri, at 9.46am, Fire Service spokeswoman Nicole Bernard said.

Two people were trapped in the wreckage, she said, and firefighters used cutting equipment to free them.

It appeared that a truck travelling west was turning into a farm driveway when an eastbound car collided with it, Sergeant

Neil Mansill, of the Huntly road-safety team, said.

"Four people in the car suffered minor to serious injuries and two were freed by members of the public who arrived at the scene, while two others were cut out by firefighters using extraction equipment," he said.


St John spokesman Brett Tobeck said two people were taken to Waikato Hospital in moderate conditions.

Bernard said 180 litres of diesel spilt on to the road.

The Waikato police serious-crash unit is investigating.

Police are working to establish the ownership of several items found in the car.

"A 32-inch television, some electronic items and a large spanner and wrench set were recovered, and we would like to hear from anyone who may know the origins of these items," Mansill said.

Anyone with information can call the Ngaruawahia police on 07 824 8199. 

Waikato Times