Vehicles collide near store

ALASTAIR PAULIN
Last updated 12:58 27/03/2014
Teen Parents Unit
ALASTAIR PAULIN/FAIRFAX NZ
UP AND OVER: Constable Jesh Scheib of Motueka inspects the accident scene after two vehicles collided outside the Lower Moutere Store.

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Two four-wheel-drive vehicles collided outside the Lower Moutere Store this morning, sending one rolling down the road and coming to rest on its side.

The driver was trapped by his seatbelt and was rescued by the driver of the other vehicle, before being taken to Nelson Hospital with leg injuries.

Constable Jesh Scheib of Motueka said the accident happened about 7.20am, when a 33-year-old Motueka man driving a Toyota Land Cruiser pulled out from a petrol station to turn left on to Main Rd, Lower Moutere.

A 59-year-old Lower Moutere man driving an Isuzu Bighorn was travelling north on the road, and was overtaking a school bus that was pulling in to the petrol station, according to the Toyota driver.

The Toyota driver failed to see the Isuzu and collided with its left side, sending it rolling down the road towards Motueka before it ended up on its side, Mr Scheib said.

Lower Moutere Store owner Mike Inwood said he was in the kitchen when he heard the noise of the impact.

"It sounded like someone had hit the forecourt canopy, but then I saw the tail lights rolling over," he said. His partner called 111.

Mr Scheib said the Isuzu driver seemed fine at first, although both drivers were "shaken up".

However, it was clear that the hit driver could not put any weight on his leg, he said.

It was too early to say what charges might arise from the incident, Mr Scheib said. The Isuzu driver was treated and discharged from hospital.

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