Man critical after fiery crash

22:26, Aug 29 2012

A man is in a critical condition after being thrown about 40m from his car which became airborne then exploded.

Te Awamutu deputy fire chief Murray Gillard said the man had been travelling down Mill Rd, Ohaupo, when it appears his car crashed into a culvert and rolled.

It has then hit a driveway culvert, which has thrown the man from the car, then landed on the other side of the driveway and exploded.

Hamilton St John Ambulance manager Ray Bestwick said it appeared the man, believed aged in his early 20s, was thrown about 40m.

He was taken to Waikato Hospital with critical injuries.

The crash happened on a straight stretch of road.


Mr Gillard said the vehicle hit quite a big culvert which made it flip and then land, bursting into flames.

Waikato Police are commending the actions of members of the public in their attempts to quell a vehicle fire following a crash near Ohaupo that left a man fighting for his life overnight.

District Road Policing Manager, Inspector Leo Tooman, said the single vehicle crash is currently under investigation by the Waikato Serious Crash Unit who are still working to establish exactly what has happened.

Mr Tooman said the car caught fire and local residents tried in vain to put the fire out using extinguishers and water from a drain.

"Time and time again members of the public who are first at the scene do their best to stabilise injured persons or make a scene safe. Then, as occurred last night, volunteer ambulance officers and fire fighters attend the crash and do an outstanding job.

"In recognising the efforts of these people we also need to take stock and work out ways where these community minded people aren't called out continuously to repair the mess. The best way to do this is by not allowing such tragedies to occur in the first place, by watching your speed, not drinking and driving and ensuring you and your car are fit for the road." 

Waikato Times