A former Taranaki woman is being hailed a "legend" by her rugby teammates after she helped save a man's life at a bloody crash scene on the way to a game.
But Carrie Lobb, a member of the Waikato women's provincial team, reckons she's "certainly not a hero" and just happened to be in the right place at the right time.
There were three crashes on north Waikato roads within about 90 minutes on Saturday morning that caused a 14-kilometre traffic jam on State Highway 1 as people made their way to Hamilton for the All Blacks test against Argentina.
About 10.15am, nine people were injured in a three-car pile-up. A second crash happened on a diversion set up by police. Then, shortly before 11.45am, a van rolled on a bend and smashed head-on into a bus carrying 34 tourists on Fisher Road.
The Waikato women's rugby team was travelling north for their game against Counties Manukau when they came across the mess.
They were among the first on the scene and quickly sprang into action, helping direct traffic.
Miss Lobb, a trainee surgeon, and former New Plymouth Girl's High School student, climbed onto the rolled van and provided emergency treatment for the trapped 58-year-old driver, who had deep cuts to his face.
"We couldn't get him out. I was just trying to keep an eye on his condition and trying to give him the best care we could," Miss Lobb said.
He was later pulled out the back window by emergency services and flown to Waikato Hospital.
Miss Lobb said it was a "team effort" to bring the situation under control.
"The game was the second thing on our minds. It's not heroic at all. It was just being in the right place at the right time."
Despite the delay, the team made it to Manukau with minutes to spare and won the game by one point: 16-15.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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