Two cars involved in crash on State Highway 3, South Taranaki

The Taranaki Rescue Helicopter attends crash south of Stratford.
Catherine Groenestein/Fairfax NZ

The Taranaki Rescue Helicopter attends crash south of Stratford.

Three people have been taken to hospital, with one woman in serious condition, after a two-car crash on State Highway 3.

The jaws of life were used to remove the woman, who was trapped after a crash on Mountain Rd near the passing lane on the southern side of Stratford about 5.12pm on Thursday, and a helicopter landing resulted in a two-lane road closure.

"The side of the vehicle was cut off," Taranaki Rescue Helicopter Trust crewman Jayden Strickland said. "St John was already treating patient when we arrived and she has been flown to Taranaki Base Hospital."

State Highway 3 has been blocked after a two-car crash.
Catherine Groenestein/Fairfax NZ

State Highway 3 has been blocked after a two-car crash.

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The woman sustained serious, but not critical, injuries and was in stable condition during transport, Strickland added.

The other two people were in minor and moderate condition and were not transported by helicopter.

Strickland said because of the passing lane, the helicopter had plenty of room for a safe and close landing.

"We need two tennis courts worth of space to fit in," he said.

 

 

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Traffic was diverted along Bird Rd and Climie Rd during the road closure.

A reporter at the scene said one car was in the middle of the north-bound lane and another was up against a bank.

Police have said they would continue with enquiries to establish the cause of the incident.

 

 - Stuff

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