Crash driver mistakes ambulance for cop car
A disqualified driver may have mistaken an ambulance for a police car before speeding off and crashing into a rock, police say.
The crash happened at State Highway 1, about a kilometre from the intersection with SH29, about 10.15pm Thursday.
The ambulance, on its way to an emergency Matamata, had switched on its emergency lights while driving behind the the disqualified driver's Holden Commodore, Waikato district road policing manager Inspector Marcus Lynam said.
"The 21-year-old male driver of the Commodore appears to have thought the ambulance was a police car and sped off before losing control a short distance later and crashing ino a rock on the opposite side of the road,'' he said.
The car hit with such force its engine was left on the side of the northbound lane while the vehicle careered back into the one opposite.
The ambulance then rounded the corner, clipping the Commodore in the middle of the road, before coming to a stop. The ambulance driver was shaken, but uninjured.
St John Waikato District Operations Manager Sandra Lapworth said the lone medic had to ''take evasive action'' to avoid the wreck.
The driver of the car and a male passenger fed the scene with serious injuries but were found in nearby bushes and treated at the scene.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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