Inattention blamed for crash

A man was admitted to hospital yesterday after a crash on State Highway 3A.

Emergency services were called to the scene at the intersection of Manutahi and Mountain roads at about 9.50am.

"It's pretty straightforward really, an elderly man has pulled out of Manutahi Rd and been collected by a ute heading north on the state highway," Constable Greg Raine said.

"He's just pulled out in front of the oncoming car. It's inattention really."

Raine said the elderly man was not seriously injured in the crash but was treated by St John paramedics at the scene and taken to Taranaki Hospital for a checkup.

The back end of the driver's side of the man's car was significantly damaged in the crash.

Had the damage been to the driver's door, injuries could have been a lot worse, Raine said.

"The driver of the ute has done a good job in avoiding the driver's door.

Taranaki Daily News