Crashed car pins woman to Waihi ATM

Last updated 14:49 10/01/2014

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A woman using an ANZ cash machine was pinned against a wall when a car slammed into her in Waihi's main street today.

The incident happened in Seddon St at 11.10am, Senior Sergeant Rupert Friend, of the Hamilton police, said.

The woman, who was in her 60s, suffered leg injuries and was flown to Waikato Hospital for treatment.

Mr Friend could not say why the car crashed into the cash machine, but said the driver was co-operating with Waihi police.

A woman at Artmarket a few doors down, who did not provide her name, described the impact as having a "scrunching" sound.

The bank was closed after the incident and staff sent home, but ANZ spokesman Stefan Herrick said staff heard "a large crash" and ran outside.

"A car had gone on the footpath and crashed into the ATM. The staff performed first aid [on the woman] and called the ambulance."

The Waihi Volunteer Fire Brigade also attended and bystanders helped out.
Herrick said staff were "very concerned" because they knew the injured woman.

"She's a regular, well-liked customer and they saw her and her husband off in the rescue helicopter before one of the staff members drove the lady's husband's car home." 

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