Children hurt as driver flees police

Last updated 18:55 16/01/2014

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Eight children have been injured after a driver fled from police before crashing into two other vehicles on Auckland's southwestern motorway this evening.

A police spokesman said the vehicle had failed to stop before crashing into two other cars on State Highway 20 by the Massey Rd East off ramp.

One of the vehicles had a driver and five girls as passengers between the ages of 2 and 10 who received moderate injuries. The other vehicle had a driver and three girls aged 2, 8 and 10.

The 10-year-old and the 8-year-old had "extensive injuries" and have been taken to Middlemore Hospital.

The driver of the offending vehicle was being spoken to by officers. It is understood he may have been affected by alcohol, the spokesman said.

"Police believe it is a miracle, given the age of the children and the circumstances around this matter, that no-one was killed," he said.

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