Another crash at horror intersection

Taranaki's horror run on the road continued yesterday with a crash just north of Bell Block.

Emergency services were called to the two-car crash at the Mangati Rd and State Highway 3 intersection about 5pm.

Senior Constable Brent Wall-croft, Highway Patrol, said a Mazda vehicle travelling north on State Highway 3 hit a vehicle which appeared to be turning right from the highway into Mangati Rd.

A 50-year-old New Plymouth man driving the Mazda was cut from his car and taken to Taranaki Base Hospital with moderate injuries to his neck and legs.

He had been trapped for 40 minutes.

The 52-year-old male driver of the other vehicle was also taken to hospital by St John ambulance with a moderate shoulder injury.

Firefighters needed to smash the windscreen and windows of the Mazda before cutting and lifting off its roof to free the driver.

A diversion was put in place for northbound traffic on State Highway 3 while firefighters removed the man and cleared the scene.

Further police investigation into the crash would continue.

In the past month, four people have been killed on the roads in Taranaki.

Mr Wallcroft said it was extremely important for motorists to be careful on the roads, particularly at the Mangati Rd intersection.

"This is known as one of the worst accident sites in New Plymouth," he said.

"Double check before you make your turn."

Taranaki Daily News