Girl in coma after third Wairarapa crash

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Last updated 05:00 22/02/2013

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A 16-year-old Ucol student is in an induced coma after being thrown from a car in the third such accident in Wairarapa in just over a week.

The young woman, from Carterton, was a passenger in the car, which crashed on State Highway 2 north of Masterton about 3.15pm yesterday.

She suffered critical head and spinal injuries after being thrown from the vehicle, and was flown to Wellington Hospital. Police said it appeared she was not wearing a seatbelt.

The driver, a 19-year-old woman also from Carterton, was treated for minor injuries at Masterton Hospital and was discharged later.

SH2 was closed for more than four hours while the crash was investigated.

The crash comes after Grace Diedrichs, 15, of Carterton, died when the ute she was in collided with a passenger train in Wiltons Rd at 8.10am on Sunday.

The St Matthew's Collegiate pupil's funeral is at St Matthew's Anglican Church in Masterton at 2.30pm today.

Last Tuesday, Glen Hutchings, 38, suffered serious head and leg injuries when he was thrown from his four-wheel-drive as it crashed through a farm fence near his Carterton home. His life support was turned off on Sunday morning.

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- The Dominion Post

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