Fourteen greyhounds in crash

KELSEY FLETCHER
Last updated 12:00 24/12/2013

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A well-known greyhound racing couple are distraught after their daughter and their dogs were injured in a car crash.

A successful day at the Palmerston North Greyhound Racing Club turned into disaster for the family yesterday.

A male trainer, his 11-year-old daughter, a worker and 14 of their dogs were involved in a two-car collision near Palmerston North.

The man's partner, who trains the dogs with him, was at home when she heard about the crash.

There was a sigh of relief when they all arrived home late last night, she said.

''It's not a nice thing to go through, especially seeing your daughter in that state,'' the woman, who did not want her name published, said.

''We're very private people, we work really hard to do a good job and we're just trying to move on and make sure everyone is OK.''

The trainers' white Hiace van, which was towing a trailer carrying the dogs, was believed to be travelling on Karere Rd just after 4.30pm. It and a black Nissan Skyline collided at the intersection of No 1 Line - a 100kmh zone.

The distraught male trainer and owner of the truck said both his daughter, who was the passenger in the van, and a man who worked for him and was driving, were taken to hospital.

The woman said her daughter and the worker suffered superficial injuries, and after being checked at the hospital were home today.

There were fears that some of the 14 racing greyhounds had escaped and others were badly injured.

''Some are sliced to bits from the impact of the other car - their tendons have been cut up,'' the male trainer said.

''They just raced ... it was a very successful day and now we've got nothing.''

The female trainer said that none of the greyhounds had been killed, but they had spent the night comforting the dogs.

''They were more shocked than anything,'' she said.

''It's difficult sometimes dealing with animals because you don't know how they're feeling.

''We just checked them regularly through the night to make sure they were OK.''

Central District roading Inspector Dave White said the Skyline, whose driver had to be cut free from his car, and the van had collided at the intersection.

St John central communications team leader Marie Willis said a member of the public called for assistance about 4.40pm. Two people were trapped initially and four people were treated.

One man taken to Palmerston North Hospital remains in a serious but stable condition in a general ward today.

Two others were taken by a separate ambulance with moderate and minor injuries and have since been released.

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