Three people are lucky to be alive after the car they were travelling in smashed into a post and rail fence, Matamata police say.
A post smashed through the windscreen of the car, narrowly missing the driver, who had fallen asleep behind the wheel.
The car had been heading east on State Highway 29, near the intersection with State Highway 1, on Sunday.
When the front-seat passenger realised the driver had fallen asleep, he shouted. The driver woke up and swerved hard to the left.
The car skidded across the grass and gravel, then crossed back over the centre-line, slamming into a fence.
A rail from the fence was forced through the windscreen and out the rear window, causing moderate injuries to a passenger sitting in the back seat. She was taken to Waikato Hospital by ambulance.
Sergeant Graham McGurk said it was a reminder of the dangers of driving while tired.
- Waikato Times