Driver seriously injured in crash
Two patients are recovering in Tauranga Hospital after a serious road smash in the Bay of Plenty this morning.
The crash, which occurred on State Highway 2 at about 5.15am, left the driver of a ute with serious injuries and a truck driver with moderate injuries.
Senior Sergeant Ian Campion, officer in charge of road policing for Western Bay of Plenty, said the road diversion put in place after the crash, between Katikati and Omokoroa, was lifted at 8.25am.
The police serious crash unit had also finished their work at the scene, he said.
''Preliminary indications are that the utility [vehicle] has crossed the centre-line and struck the oncoming heavy motor-vehicle combination [truck].''
He said both drivers were taken to Tauranga Hospital.
Omokoroa Volunteer Fire Brigade senior station officer John Leek said the tanker was still on the road just before 8am.
The ute driver did not have to be cut free of the wreckage, he said.
It appeared to be a ''glancing'' head-on collision and both vehicles ended up about 200m away from each other.
''It's taken the front axle out of the truck and the ute, well, it was a very lucky driver.''
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