Loose truck wheels crush car

Last updated 16:17 13/08/2012

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A 57-year-old Te Puke man is in hospital after truck wheels came loose and crashed into the car he was driving.

Senior Constable Bruce Gordon said the man was travelling on State Highway 2 towards Te Puke when the rear dual wheels of a truck and trailer on the opposite lane "sheared off" at about 1.35pm.

The wheels crashed straight into the car at about 80-90kmh, indented the bonnet and pushed the engine "right in".

"It did an amazing amount of damage. It has written the car off," he said.

"Had it been bouncing and hit with full force into the windscreen we'd probably have a fatality, not an injury crash."

The driver of the car was taken to Tauranga Hospital with chest injuries.

Gordon said police were investigating, but it appeared the wheel came loose due to a possible mechanical fault.

"Some of the metal might have given way,  but until we have a look, we just don't know," he said.

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