Teenager injured in crash as avoided oncoming car

A TEENAGE girl was admitted to Gisborne Hospital last night after a four-wheel-drive utility vehicle she was in crashed on SH35 north of Tolaga Bay.

Police believe the driver had to swerve to avoid an oncoming vehicle.

Police, the Tolaga Bay first responders and volunteer fire crew, plus the ECT rescue helicopter were alerted at 7pm.

The crash happened about five kilometres on the Tokomaru Bay side of the Anaura Bay turnoff.

“The Toyota Hi-Lux left the road and went into and out of a drain on one side of the road, then rolled three times across the highway before coming to rest on its side in the drain on the other side of the road,” said Tolaga Bay police officer Constable Richard Reeves.

“The 18-year-old female passenger was ejected from the vehicle through one of the windows and was incredibly lucky not to have been crushed.

“She suffered injuries to her ribs and a shoulder and was flown to hospital by the rescue chopper.”

The girl was admitted and was reported this morning to be in a stable condition.

The 20-year-old man driving the utility was checked over at the scene by the Tolaga Bay first responders and was not hurt.

A spokesman for the Tolaga Bay unit said the chopper crew did a great job in tricky flying conditions.

The helicopter landed in misty conditions on the road near the scene with the aid of night vision goggles.

Constables Reeves said it appeared the young couple had to swerve to avoid a vehicle that overtook another vehicle coming towards them.

“We are making inquiries about it. It certainly looks like two other vehicles were involved in this crash.

“We would like to hear from those drivers or from anyone else who has information about this incident.”

■ Traffic was disrupted in parts of Kaiti yesterday morning after a two-vehicle crash in Wainui Road outside the BP Kaiti Service Station and the driver of one vehicle was taken to hospital.

The emergency services were called to the scene at 8.30am.

It was a nose-to-tail crash between two cars.

“We transported the driver of one vehicle, a woman aged 70, to hospital for observatiion,” a St John ambulance officer said.

“She had some bruising to her chest, caused by her seat belt.”

The ambulance crew also checked over the driver of the other vehicle but he was not hurt.

Traffic was disrupted in the area until the crash scene was cleared.

A TEENAGE girl was admitted to Gisborne Hospital last night after a four-wheel-drive utility vehicle she was in crashed on SH35 north of Tolaga Bay.

Police believe the driver had to swerve to avoid an oncoming vehicle.

Police, the Tolaga Bay first responders and volunteer fire crew, plus the ECT rescue helicopter were alerted at 7pm.

The crash happened about five kilometres on the Tokomaru Bay side of the Anaura Bay turnoff.

“The Toyota Hi-Lux left the road and went into and out of a drain on one side of the road, then rolled three times across the highway before coming to rest on its side in the drain on the other side of the road,” said Tolaga Bay police officer Constable Richard Reeves.

“The 18-year-old female passenger was ejected from the vehicle through one of the windows and was incredibly lucky not to have been crushed.

“She suffered injuries to her ribs and a shoulder and was flown to hospital by the rescue chopper.”

The girl was admitted and was reported this morning to be in a stable condition.

The 20-year-old man driving the utility was checked over at the scene by the Tolaga Bay first responders and was not hurt.

A spokesman for the Tolaga Bay unit said the chopper crew did a great job in tricky flying conditions.

The helicopter landed in misty conditions on the road near the scene with the aid of night vision goggles.

Constables Reeves said it appeared the young couple had to swerve to avoid a vehicle that overtook another vehicle coming towards them.

“We are making inquiries about it. It certainly looks like two other vehicles were involved in this crash.

“We would like to hear from those drivers or from anyone else who has information about this incident.”

■ Traffic was disrupted in parts of Kaiti yesterday morning after a two-vehicle crash in Wainui Road outside the BP Kaiti Service Station and the driver of one vehicle was taken to hospital.

The emergency services were called to the scene at 8.30am.

It was a nose-to-tail crash between two cars.

“We transported the driver of one vehicle, a woman aged 70, to hospital for observatiion,” a St John ambulance officer said.

“She had some bruising to her chest, caused by her seat belt.”

The ambulance crew also checked over the driver of the other vehicle but he was not hurt.

Traffic was disrupted in the area until the crash scene was cleared.

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