Locals rush to save crash victim

The victim of a van crash in a remote area of the Coromandel was saved by fast-acting locals, police say.

The 23-year old driver suffered serious injuries after his people-mover went over a 5-metre bank, coming to rest in a stream.

Emergency services were called to the scene on the Tapu-Coroglen road, a rural gravel road inland from Te Mata Bay, about 4.20pm Tuesday, district road policing manager Inspector Freda Grace said.

"People who came across the crash were assisted by local residents in rendering life-saving first aid before ambulance staff arrived," she said.

Once the man had been freed from the wreckage he was airlifted to Auckland Hospital.

Given the remote location of the crash, the actions of those first on the scene likely saved the man's life, Grace said.

"In this case it appears the injured driver has a lot to be grateful for and the actions by the various people involved are worthy of recognition."

Earlier this year one person was injured after a car went over a bank on Thames Coast Road, just south of the site of Tuesday's crash.