Ambulance pair the patients after crash

ELTON SMALLMAN
Last updated 22:17 19/07/2013

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Two ambulance officers were injured when a car collided with their vehicle as they made their way to an emergency job in Hamilton last night.

St John team manager Cath Shannon told the Waikato Times the crash happened just before 8.30pm on Te Rapa Rd, at the Pukete Rd intersection.

She said the ambulance, which had two officers, was on its way to an emergency callout at the time of the collision.

The force of the crash toppled the ambulance, resulting in the two officers' injuries. They were taken to Waikato Hospital, one with minor injuries and the other moderate.

Ms Shannon said the pair were in a stable condition and would be in hospital for most of the night. The male driver of the car was not injured.

Ms Shannon said another ambulance was dispatched to the job the injured pair were supposed to attend, but at press time she did not know whether the crash had caused any major delays in the patient's treatment.

Witness Brodi McCurran, 19, saw the crash unfold. He was stopped at the intersection, heading north, when he saw the ambulance heading south along Te Rapa Rd towards him.

He said the ambulance went through a red light, but while most cars had pulled over one, which had the green light, did not and collided with the rear of the ambulance.

The ambulance swerved down the road a bit, before rolling and travelling along on its side - taking out a bus shelter.

Its lights and sirens were still going.

Mr McCurran, who was on his way to Te Awa to watch a movie, said the crash looked like "something out of the movies".

The car was left with extensive frontal damage, with the bonnet pushed right back to the front wheel.

The southbound lane was closed by police, with traffic being diverted down Pukete Rd last night.

One witness, who worked nearby, said crashes were common at the intersection - with one occurring almost weekly.

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