LATEST: An injured 58-year-old man ran one kilometre to raise the alarm after a head-on collision on a rural road near Tongaporutu today.
Three teenagers were taken to hospital following the crash which happened on a narrow corner of Hutiwai Rd, about 1km inland from SH3.
The trio had been on their way to school at 7.50am when they crashed head-on with a ute carrying two people.
The 16-year-old driver of the station wagon suffered moderate injuries to his leg, a 14-year-old passenger received moderate head and arm injuries and an 11-year-old passenger received moderate head injuries.
The 58-year-old male occupant of the ute suffered minor chest injuries while the 31-year-old male occupant suffered minor shoulder injuries.
The 58-year-old ran 1km back to SH3 after the crash to flag a passing truck to raise the alarm, St John operations manager Ian May said.
All five people involved in the crash were treated by St John Paramedics at the scene.
The 16-year-old male and the 11-year-old female were flown to Taranaki Base Hospital by the Taranaki Community Rescue Helicopter and the Taupo Rescue Helicopter respectively.
The 14-year-old male, 58-year-old male and 31-year-old were transported to Taranaki Base Hospital by St John Ambulance.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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