Crash into power lines traps pair

LIB WILSON
Last updated 05:00 23/06/2014
Trapped, powerpole
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OFF ROAD: Emergency services helped release people trapped in a car after it crossed the road and mounted a bank near Gordonton

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A crash into a power pole left two people trapped in their ute for more than an hour last night while the power was isolated.

Police were called to SH1B - between the Gordonton township and the roundabout to the new motorway - about 4pm yesterday.

"They were heading southbound, crossed the centre line, leaving the road, going through a fence and hitting a power pole," Sergeant Andrew Brosnan of the Huntly police said.

The vehicle was towing a trailer and had continued for around 70m after leaving the road, gone up an incline and struck a power pole near a house.

Two people were in the vehicle but were not thought to be injured.

However the impact of the crash brought down what were believed to be 11,000-volt power lines.

The occupants had to stay inside the ute while WEL Networks staff made sure they could get out safely.

Residents of the house were also stuck as their driveway was blocked by the wires.

Brosnan said police would investigate whether fatigue or speed were factors in the accident.

"We've had numerous vehicle accidents this weekend so we just remind everybody to take their time, take frequent rest stops and make sure everybody gets home in one piece."

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- Waikato Times

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