Serious crash follows earlier pile up near Huntly
FRANCESCA LEE AND BARRY LICHTER
Drivers in Waikato are facing a traffic nightmare after two car crashes closed State Highway 1 this morning.
The first crash, a three car pile up in which nine people were injured, happened about 10am on State Highway 1 near Huntly.
A diversion was put in place along Fisher Rd and East Mine Rd until another more serious crash, involving a van with a man, a woman, and two children, and a tourist bus at 11am.
The woman had to be cut out from the van and she was treated for serious injuries before being flown to hospital. The two children also sustained very minor injuries.
However, the crash closed Fisher Rd, effectively stopping all traffic on State Highway 1 near Huntly and creating a backlog of traffic about 14km long.
At 11.18am, the AA Roadwatch map said the queues have been reduced to 10km, and the traffic backlog is expected to clear at 5pm.
Police were asking motorists to be patient and to take care while traffic cleared.Wayne Pike was driving a horse truck with three horses on board just behind one of the cars involved in the first crash.
"We were doing 90 km/h and if I'd hit the brakes we would have been gone,'' said Pike who managed to drive through the carnage by first swerving right, then left to avoid oncoming traffic.
"I went white,'' Pike admitted.
Pike said it was miraculous that he missed first the two cars which collided, then the following car which careered into them both.
The roads to Hamilton have been busy with rugby fans flocking to Waikato Stadium for the All Blacks vs Argentina match today.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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