A cyclist was taken to Taranaki Base Hospital this morning after a crash on State Highway Three in New Plymouth.
The man was hit from behind by a car at the top of the Waiwhakaiho hill just before 8am.
After hitting the windscreen of the vehicle the cyclist was thrown 5m in the air and suffered head injuries.
Witnesses told police sun strike may have been a factor but senior constable Struan Robertson said inquiries were continuing.
He said the man was in a lot of pain, but would have been a lot worse had he not been wearing a helmet.
Earlier in the morning the tray of a utility vehicle was ripped off after it collided with a courier van on the outskirts of New Plymouth.
The courier van was in the middle of the road waiting to turn right when the ute collided with it while passing about 6.45am.
The whole tray was torn off the ute, Sergeant Pat Duffy said.
No-one was injured in the crash
- © Fairfax NZ News
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