Police want highway black spot investigation

"There's huge concerns about this stretch of road."

JO MOIR
Last updated 05:00 21/08/2012
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CAMERON BURNELL
A man was cut out of his 4WD after colliding with a van on SH3 last night.

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Police are calling for an investigation of a stretch of State Highway 3 near Inglewood after another serious crash brought traffic to a standstill yesterday.

Two people were taken to Taranaki Base Hospital yesterday after a 4WD travelling towards Inglewood crossed the centre line and collided with a van heading in the other direction.

A 52-year-old woman from Egmont Village is being treated for moderate injuries and a 64-year-old Stratford man was discharged last night with minor injuries.

Constable Darren Hayes said according to witnesses, speed was not a factor in the accident but the weather and road conditions were involved.

"I'll be doing a follow up with the roading authorities because there have been numerous crashes here over the past 12 months," he said.

"There's huge concerns about this stretch of road."

The crash happened shortly before 5pm on SH3 between King Rd and Lepper Rd.

"The problem here is a combination of the section of road and the passing lane, the road surface and what happens when it rains here," Mr Hayes said.

One lane remained open to traffic while fire crew cut the male driver of the 4WD out of his vehicle.

The van flipped several times after colliding with the 4WD but the female driver was able to get out on her own.

SH3 resident Sharlene Tyler lives on the notorious stretch of road and yesterday the 4WD ended up on her front lawn.

"We've lived here for three years and have seen at least half a dozen serious crashes," she said.

"Speed and the weather seem to be the two biggest problems and I think they should seriously consider a speed restriction along here."

Mrs Tyler said she was feeding animals with her two children when she heard an almighty bang and turned to see the van flipping in the air.

"We just ran as fast as we could," she said.

"Something needs to be done before it gets any worse."

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