Two men injured in tanker crash

22:33, Mar 17 2014
tanker crash
Emergency services help free two men trapped in a tanker crash yesterday afternoon.

Two men trapped after a water tanker rolled in Horsham Downs yesterday could have been in a much worse condition now had it not been for the quick actions of emergency services on the scene, police say.

Sergeant Neil Mansill of the Huntly Road Policing Unit said emergency services were called to the crash involving a water tanker yesterday at 2.40pm on Lake Rd just south of the intersection with Kainui Rd.

 "The truck, with two men onboard, was travelling north when it failed to negotiate a right hand corner and rolled, ending up on its side in a ditch with the roof of the cab hard up against a clay bank trapping the pair inside."

Mr Mansill said the 40-year-old driver suffered moderate injuries while his 63-year-old passenger's injuries were more serious and required surgery overnight.

Both the Waikato Serious Crash and Commercial Vehicle Investigation Units are now investigating the crash which could have had a far worse outcome had it not been for the actions of those people who helped, he said.

"Through the combined efforts of contractors from Williams Salvage, the Fire Service and St John Ambulance staff the pair were freed and stabilised at the scene to allow their transportation by ambulance to Waikato Hospital."

Mr Mansill said with the period of late February to early April traditionally being a busy time for emergency services dealing with heavy vehicle crashes it was important to remind all motorists to drive with safety in mind.