Five injured in Coromandel road smash

LIAM HYSLOP
Last updated 14:53 07/01/2014

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Two helicopters have been required to airlift seriously injured people from a car crash on the Coromandel peninsula this afternoon.

Three people needed to be airlifted to hospital, with one person suffering life-threatening injuries and two more in a serious condition.

St John Ambulance northern communications team leader Norm Ngataisaid a total of five people needed medical attention, with two airlifted by helicopter to Waikato Hospital, including the person with life-threatening injuries.

A woman in her sixties was airlifted in a different helicopter to Auckland Hospital with a broken pelvis and other injuries, Ngatai said.

Two more people with minor injuries were transported by ambulance to Thames Hospital, Ngatai said.

The two-car smash happened about midday on Purangi road, near the holiday hotspot of Cooks Beach.

Waikato police prevention manager Inspector Rob Lindsay said the two air ambulance helicopters joined fire, ambulance and police staff at the scene of the crash in Cooks Beach.

"At this point in time it is too early to say what caused the two car collision which happened on Purangi Rd about 12.19pm."

A serious crash investigator was making his way from Hamilton to the scene of the crash and it was likely that the road would remain closed for some time, Lindsay said.

"While we're unable to confirm what happened in this crash what we can comment on is that this is the third serious crash in the Waikato today that has left people seriously, and in some cases critically injured.

"This is despite driving conditions today being described as ideal.

"At this time Police are urging all motorists to make sure they are doing all they can do to ensure they drive to survive this summer."

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